Global cyber attack affects 200000 victims: Europol chief

16 Mai, 2017, 04:30 | Author: Cyril Hebras

"Like many organizations our plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday evening", a spokeswoman confirmed.

He warned that more people may be hit by the virus Monday when they return to work and switch on their computers.

Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, the European Union's police agency, said at least 200,000 victims were affected.

"Remarkably few payments so far have been made, so most people are not paying this", Wainwright said.

Oliver Gower, of the National Crime Agency, said: "Cyber criminals may believe they are anonymous but we will use all the tools at our disposal to bring them to justice".

"The numbers are going up. The numbers are going up; I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn (on) their machines on Monday morning".

"The ransomware also spreads through malicious attachments to emails", it said. "We are continuing to monitor the situation". That affordable move redirected the attacks to the server of Kryptos Logic, the security company he works for.

Hong Kong-based Ivezic said that the ransomware was forcing some more "mature" clients affected by the worm to abandon their usual cautious testing of patches "to do unscheduled downtime and urgent patching, which is causing some inconvenience".

"There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred, although we are trying to confirm that", Mr Tehan told Sky News on Sunday evening.

"They are processing a lot of sensitive data".

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Monday was expected to be a busy day, especially in Asia which may not have seen the worst of the impact yet, as companies and organizations turned on their computers.

"We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack. Or we could potentially see copycats mimic the delivery or exploit method they used". "So they no longer get the security updates they should be".

The hackers are believed to have used "cyber weapons" stolen from the US' National Security Agency to lock up computers and hold users' files for ransom.

British National Health Service (NHS) was also affected as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a cyberattack initially believed to be targeting only hospitals in the United Kingdom has now gone beyond, involving potentially dozens of countries.

Cybersecurity experts have said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.

"We continue to actively participate in, and support, the national co-ordinated response to this incident and we would encourage all businesses and public services to take steps to protect their systems and reduce their vulnerability".

A 22-year-old security researcher in the U.K, who goes by MalwareTech, registered that domain to analyze the attack, but it turned out the ransomware needed it to remain unregistered to keep spreading.

Security experts tempered the alarm bells by saying that widespread attacks are tough to pull off.

Targets both large and small have been hit.

In another development, it's being reported that the second version of the ransomware, i.e., WannaCry 2.0, is spreading. "You're only safe if you patch ASAP", he wrote on Twitter.

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