India activates mechanism to prevent cyber attack

19 Mai, 2017, 12:10 | Author: Come Portier
  • The price of Bitcoin fell on Friday as traders weighed the chance of tighter regulatory scrutiny of what is a crucial enabler of ransomware

However, the evidence is not conclusive. And yes, Edward Snowden has something very interesting to talk about the NSA.

CERT-In has advised users to maintain updated antivirus software on all systems and check regularly for the integrity of the information stored in the databases. Researchers who tracked the bitcoin addresses hardwired into the malware found that tens of thousands of dollars had been paid before the spread of the virus was halted by a cybersecurity expert who accidentally found a flaw in WannaCry. See how much work did they do to lock these up in such a way!

However, a bug in WannaCry code means the attackers can not use unique bitcoin addresses to track payments, security researchers at Symantec found this week.

He said the act was "unprecedented in its scale" and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The Guardian notes: "Shared code doesn't always mean the same hacking group is responsible - an entirely different group may have simply reused Lazarus group's backdoor code from 2015 as a "false flag" to confuse anyone trying to identify the perpetrator".

"Version 1 of WannaCrypt was stoppable but version 2.0 will likely remove the flaw".

In response to the WannaCry attack it said: 'The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.

"Individuals or organisations are not encouraged to pay the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released".

President Donald Trump on Friday night ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to convene an "emergency meeting" to assess the threat posed by the global attack, a senior administration official told Reuters.

New versions of the worm are expected, they said, and the extent - and economic cost - of the damage from Friday's attack were unclear.

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Last Friday, the company's British-based 22-year-old data breach research chief, Marcus Hutchins, created a "kill-switch", which security experts have widely hailed as the decisive step in halting the ransomware's rapid spread around the globe. But just as the United States wouldn't scrap its Tomahawk missiles if one fell into enemy hands, the NSA isn't going to give up its cyberweapons just because one escaped into the wild.

As the Times reported after the first wave of attacks, WannaCry appears to be "the first time a cyberweapon developed by the NSA., funded by American taxpayers and stolen by an adversary had been unleashed by cybercriminals against patients, hospitals, businesses, governments and ordinary citizens". "But there's clearly some culpability on the part of the US intelligence services. (The unit has since been renamed.)", according to the Times. The initial attack, known as "WannaCry", paralyzed computers running Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies around the world.

The warning echoed that from Europe's policing agency earlier Sunday. This is an emerging pattern in 2017.

Elsewhere, Figueroa said, the widespread use of unauthorized versions of Microsoft's Windows made computers ineligible to download the software patches that would have protected the machines.

Shadow Brokers came to public attention last August when it mounted an unsuccessful attempt to auction off a set of older cyber-spying tools it said were stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency.

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"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", he said.

He argued there should be "a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them".

To make sure your computer has the latest Microsoft update, go to the start menu on your desktop and look under "all programs" for the "Microsoft Update" tab on older models; newer Windows versions lead you to updates through the start menu, look for "System Center", then "Software Center" and "show all" updates. Because numerous computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago.

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