Govt activates mechanism to prevent cyber attack

19 Mai, 2017, 14:51 | Author: Come Portier

An Indian Express report says UP police has informed that "WanaCrypt / WannaCry ransomware" can propagate itself once it discovers a vulnerability in the Windows System.

Currently, an estimated 200,000 victims in 150 different countries are reported to have been hit by the cyberattack.

What are immediate steps for an organization that is attacked?

Affected users can restore their files from backups, if they have them, or pay the ransom; otherwise they risk losing their data entirely. "It's a massive reminder to sectors right across the world cyber security should be a topline strategic priority".

Europol said it does not know the motive behind it. The NSA tools were stolen by hackers and dumped on the internet.

The vulnerability which inspired the attacks was fixed by Microsoft in an update rolled out on March 14, 2017, but those running old OS like XP as well as those who had yet not updated their systems were among the ones hit by the attack.

Among those affected are Germany's rail system, Renault and Nissan factories, FedEx, Spanish telecom Telefónica, and Russia's central bank.

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WannaCry ransomware had spread using a loophole in Microsoft windows operating systems that were initially found by the USA national security agency (NSA), which according to reports was using it in order to find a way to hack networks of terrorist groups, and was leaked by Shadow Brokers, which said that it had found the tools in agency's servers which the group had breached earlier.

Experts told CNNTech that an unidentified cyber security researcher accidentally stopped the spread of WannaCry by registering a domain name contained in the ransomware's code.

NHS Digital, the body that oversees cybersecurity in Britain's health system, said that as of now, it has "no evidence that patient data has been compromised".

"There is a lack of transparency in India, in-spite of a mandatory requirement for banks and listed companies to disclose cyber-attack, however, very few banks and companies do that", Tushar Ajinkya, Partner, DSK Legal, told ET. "When I opened the laptop on Tuesday, I was shocked to see the ransomware message on the screen", he said. Two big telecom companies, Telefónica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation, were also hit.

The attack, which saw computers locked and users' files held for ransom, was believed to the biggest ever recorded.

Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Microsoft and other software companies have strategically settled lawsuits that could lead to court rulings weakening their licensing agreements. As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems. Here's how to turn automatic updates on.

As per Microsoft, on Friday the malware bout started and it has been related by some virus software company's researchers to earlier hits by a North Korean-run hacking process, controlled the instrument constructed by the National Security Agency that leaked in April month via the Internet.

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