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Cyber attack a wake up call

17 Mai 2017

"At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning", he told ITV's Peston On Sunday.

You may not have been impacted by WannaCry, but that doesn't mean you don't need to worry about ransomware attacks and other cyber crimes in the future. The company's operating system, Windows, was the target of a massive cyberattack that took down hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries.

James Lewis, a cybersecurity specialist with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he believes the exposure of the flaw likely "leads back to Moscow" - but that the hackers who designed the malware are probably not Russian. Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp.in the U.S. The hospital said it expected long lines on Monday when about 500 people were due to register.

Microsoft's president and top lawyer said Sunday that the ongoing cyberattacks, which experts are calling the largest in history, should be a "wake-up call" for governments - especially the U.S.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

Reports suggest that over two lakh systems globally could have been infected by the malicious software. Separate from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in), the Maharashtra police has set up its own helpline for individuals and organizations, in collaboration with Quick Heal, a Pune-based cybersecurity firm.

Globally active ransomware virus has partially affected the computer systems in some institutions in Maharashtra, including that of its police department, a police official said here today.

In China, "hundreds of thousands" of computers at almost 30,000 institutions and organisations were infected by late Saturday, according to Qihoo 360, one of China's largest providers of antivirus software.

It also blamed governments for storing these viruses in places where they could be accessed by criminals. But from each patient zero the software then spread through computer networks by itself. 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.

Still, "My answer is, never pay the ransom", Abrams said. You can change the locks but what has happened cannot be undone. "At that point, it will be harder to stop new variants".

"WannaCry" first surfaced at 3:24 a.m. ET on Friday, according to Talos, a security research wing of networking giant Cisco.

"That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said.

WannaCry, the ransomware cyber attack that has affected computers worldwide has made its way to India, affecting states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame at the feet of the USA government.

The WannaCry ransomware has its roots in an April posting by a group called the Shadow Brokers, which released information about a weakness in Windows that the NSA allegedly discovered.

The WannaCry ransomware takes advantage of a vulnerability in out-of-date Windows machines to encrypt most of their data, and demands $300 in Bitcoin for decryption.

China is also set to implement a tougher new cyber security law from June 1, created to strengthen critical infrastructure, even as many global tech firms and lobbies say that its cyber rules skew the playing field against foreign firms.

"Everyone is a bit numb to attacks because they hear so much about them now and Microsoft benefits from that", Pike added.

Cyber attack a wake up call