Ransomware cyber attack 'likely to spread rapidly on Monday'

19 Mai, 2017, 14:50 | Author: Marc Bacque

Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, said he had warned that an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomware attacks in an article on the vulnerability of the National Health Service (NHS) network in the British Medical Journal, two days before the major cyber-hack hit the NHS. For companies, it's a combination of reasons, from ignorance to security just not being a priority. This would change, Gazeley said, as Europe and US computers are turned on, but it indicated the scale of the problem there.

After taking computers over, it displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 (£230) in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.

Technology powerhouse Microsoft have also responded by re-releasing security updates for older versions of their Windows software in order to mitigate further outbreaks.

The version of WannaCry that spread through EternalBlue on Friday had a quirk: It tried to contact an unregistered domain and halted its execution when it could reach it, stopping the infection.

Among those affected by the virus was Nissan, but the vehicle manufacturer said there had been no major impact.

They proposed a plan to improve cyber security that included a replacement of outdated systems "as a matter of urgency", calling its continued use "one of the most pressing issues facing IT infrastructure" in the NHS. It said it believed the difficulties are linked to the global cyberattack but they haven't so far harmed its business operations. The central bank reportedly said those monitoring the cyberattacks found "no incidents compromising data resources of banking institutions".

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Companies need to make sure they have updated their systems and "patched where they should" before staff arrived for work on Monday morning, the European Union law enforcement agency head said. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection".

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing, Saturday, May 13, 2017. He said the situation was under control.

Eleven area health boards were affected, as were NHS National Services and the Scottish Ambulance Service. "At this stage, we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

Health officials say seven of the 47 affected are still having IT problems and have asked for "extra support" from the National Health Service. Speaking to the BBC, he said the defense and security systems are "pretty well protected" but "beyond that, I think pretty much every government department is at risk here".

In the United Kingdom, 45 organisations in the National Health Service were affected, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday, and hospitals in London, North West England and Central England urged people with non-emergency conditions to stay away as technicians tried to stop the spread of the malicious software.

Calling for a "Digital Geneva Convention", Microsoft's Smith said the widespread damage caused by the ransomware shows that governments need to treat cyber weapons the same way they treat conventional weapons.

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