WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack is a 'wake-up call', says Microsoft

19 Mai, 2017, 15:21 | Author: Claudine Rigal

In addition, providers still are considered highly desired targets for ransomware because medical information is valuable to hackers, who can sell it for a variety of purposes, and healthcare organizations might be more willing to pay a ransom because having access to encrypted medical data is crucial to maintaining continuity of care. The hackers here weren't playing some political interference game: They were after money, in Bitcoin.

Although the US appears to have dodged a bullet, at least for now, going forward Riggi asserts that overall the healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable to ransomware and is a high-priority target for cybercriminals because of the high value of health data. The tools were made public by a hacking group called the Shadow Brokers.

David Atch, CyberX Labs' vice president for research, said he believes some of the sites he's found are especially vulnerable because utilities tend to run older systems that can't updated or patched. And this is why India is vulnerable to the attacks.

Anyone any individual or organization that has deployed the latest Windows Update will have a fix in place. "Paying a ransom not only emboldens current cybercriminals to target more organizations, it also offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved in this type of illegal activity".

Global standards should compel countries not to stockpile or exploit software vulnerabilities, Smith says. Elsewhere in Asia, the Indonesian government urged businesses to update computer security after the malware locked patient files on computers in two hospitals in the capital, Jakarta. Thanks to a 22-year-old security researcher, who goes by the name @Malware technologies in Twitter. He added it was a helpful thing that the company had set up a patch capable of stopping the attack.

Those words, however, are likely of little comfort to the hundreds of thousands of victims in 150 countries impacted by the WannaCry ransomware attack.

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But cyber security experts still think this victory is short lived.

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the U.K.to Russia, Brazil and the US were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system. They say it will continue to spread in a modified form. The reason appears to be related to the fact that the original exploit was based on machines that came out before Windows 10.

In India, the attack affected Andhra Pradesh Police, four manufacturing companies, two retailers, to banks, the operations of a multinational corporations and the Chennai automation facility.

Throughout the day other, mainly European countries, reported infections. Sivarama Krishnan, the executive director at PWC, is working with his team to protect 2000 clients, identify the threats and block those using firewalls. They are also looking to wipe out any possible malware infections in their system.

"We believe the recent ransomware attack could accelerate the Windows upgrade cycle for enterprises, which would drive further upside to Office 365 Commercial MAUs [monthly active users] beyond what is now factored into our estimates", he added.

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