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Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

(P. Goezelt/dpa via AP). Germany's national railway says that it was among the organizations affected by the global cyberattack but.

The Indonesian government is urging businesses to update computer security after two hospitals were affected by a "ransomware" cyberattack that has hit dozens of countries. A large cyberattack crippled computer systems at.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a nonprofit group providing support in computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected.

According to President Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, Tom Bossert, the attacks in the USA are under control.

Smith said Microsoft has been calling for a "Digital Geneva Convention" that would require governments to report computer vulnerabilities to vendors rather than store, sell or exploit them. He even likened the incident to several missiles getting stolen from the USA military and keeping quiet about it. The attackers could also hit back with a variant of the malware that does not have a provision for the "kill switch" found by a researcher to stem the first round of attacks.

Expects cautioned, however, that the criminals who pushed the ransomware to the world might be able to disable the "kill" switch in future versions of their malware. However, he said it's only a matter of time before a malevolent version exists.

"We haven't fully dodged this bullet at all until we're patched against the vulnerability itself", Kalember said.

WannaCrypt renders a computer unusable by encrypting all the files on it and then extorts the user in order to unlock them. But how much do individuals need to worry about their personal computers being targeted? Europol that said the malware has claimed some 200,000 victims across 150 countries and that the numbers are still going up. The temporary fix initially helped slow down the rate of infected computers.




High-profile victims include hospitals in Britain, the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, French carmaker Renault, US package delivery company FedEx, Russia's interior ministry and the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

A spokesperson says a warning was sent out by Manitoba eHealth, noting there are a number of precautions in place in the WRHA systems but that staff must remain observant to ensure they remain secure. Recognising this, many cyber thieves now rely on tricking insiders into opening booby-trapped attachments or links in emails to start off an infection - a practice known as phishing.

"For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010". "The bad guys are always one step ahead". No details were disclosed.

He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was.

In the USA, where the effects haven't appeared to be widespread, investigators believe additional companies have been attacked but have not yet come forward to report it, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

"Right now, just about every IT department has been working all weekend rolling this out", said Dan Wire, spokesman at Fireeye Security. Instead of using their skills for mischief, local techies can be tapped in fighting computer viruses and hackers.

The attack is unique, according to Wainwright, because it combines ransomware with a worm function, meaning once one machine is infected, the entire internal network is scanned and other vulnerable machines are infected.

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