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No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging': British minister

16 Mai 2017

On Monday, the White House promised a fight against the Ransomware attack on 300,000 computers in 150-countries. For your system to become infected, you'll have to click on or downloading the attachment or file, which causes the program to run and infect your computer with ransomware. Disruptions were low in the rest of Asia, including Japan, India, South Korea and Australia.

So will the latest ransomware attacks be the much-needed catalyst for change?

"We have already seen variants of this that address the weakness in the first version", Rob Holmes, vice president at security company Proofpoint, told VICE News.

Besides NHS Borders, he health boards issued with ransomware demands are those serving Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Tayside, the Western Isles, the Highlands, Grampian, and Ayrshire and Arran. There are many theories, but increasingly it looks as if the initial breach came from an insider, perhaps a government contractor. "We can't drop our guard", said a Sabadell spokesman.

Now the "kill switch" discovered by MalwareTech appears to be holding, although it seems reasonable to assume that variants of the virus without the kill switch will begin circulating soon, and indeed Danish security firm Heimdal Security believes they already are. "We can surely expect more".

Russian Central Bank: State media agency Tass reported the bank discovered malware bulk emails to banks but detected no compromise of resources.

"The attack targeted machines that use older software (Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 8) and US companies tend to adopt modern systems on a more regular basis", said Kevin O'Brien, chief executive officer of GreatHorn, a Boston-based security company.

But for many systems, especially older systems, such patches are not installed automatically-a fact the hackers took advantage of.

'There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred although we are trying to confirm that, ' he said.

Smith wrote in a blog post Sunday that the attack is an excellent object lesson in why governments stockpiling such vulnerabilities is such a problem.

Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 that was stopped and left to the individual trusts.

We haven't seen a second spike in #WannaCry #ransomware attacks, but that doesn't mean there won't be one. But neither the federal government nor U.S. corporations assume that this will continue to be the case.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step" while technicians deal with the aftermath of the attack. However, officials said the spread was starting to slow.

Meanwhile, new versions of the ransomware have reportedly surfaced, including one without the kill switch exploited by a 22-year-old computer security researcher to shut the attack down. Renault shut down several French factories after the cyberattack, and one of Nissan's United Kingdom factories was also impacted.

Steve Grobman of the security company McAfee said forensics experts are looking at how the ransomware was written and how it was run.

"[Why] is it acceptable for members of boards of organisations to say they don't understand these topics?" He added: "Testing patches and implementing them takes time that overrun IT departments do not have".

A Facebook update on Monday afternoon, said that all patients should attend booked outpatient appointments and operations as planned for Tuesday.

They should immediately update their Windows operating system and back up their data. "We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks".

Many banks in Europe said they had stepped up efforts to prevent attackers getting through.

"Dean Street Express will be closed to all patients [and] remains closed until further notice".

In Britain fallout continued Sunday.

No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging': British minister