November 19 2017

Police warn: If you're hit by cyberattack, don't pay the ransom

November 19 2017, 12:48 | Clarence Walton

WannaCry is a type of malware that encrypts files on an infected computer and demands money to unlock

China Denies Universities Hit Hard By Ransomware

More than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware, which originated in the United Kingdom and Spain on Friday before spreading globally.

Microsoft has itself called the attack a "wake up call" for governments, who it blames for not securing their own systems.

These type of attacks have seen hackers convince those affected that the attack is because of an official government sanction, using official government logos and demanding fines for "noncompliance".

Energy giant PetroChina said payment systems at some of its petrol stations were hit, although it had been able to restore most of the systems. At least 1,600 US organizations have been infected with the ransomware, including FedEx, Forbes reports.

The country's biggest cinema chain CJ CGV said some of its advertisement servers connected to 50 cinemas had been affected, Yonhap news agency said. Several Chinese government bodies, including police and traffic authorities, reported they had been impacted by the hack, according to posts on official microblogs.

There were initial reports of new cases found over the weekend in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Because the bitcoin address for the ransom was the same between affected NHS and Telefónica computers, some technical experts have wondered if one may have inadvertently infected the other, especially as Telefónica supply some networking services to the NHS.

Mr Palmer said that Jersey would not get a "free pass" and a "rapid response" of downloading patches was needed to defend against further waves of the cyber-attack.

Local victim count remains low but warnings continue. About 18 systems were hijacked an eventually disabled, the Business Standard reported.

The virus prompted the Indian government to shut down hundreds of ATMs in a bid to escape the attack, the country's Ministry of Home Affairs said, as cited by the India Today.

Support for Windows XP was withdraw in April 2014 but according to Digital Health Intelligence 2015 data on NHS infrastructure as many as 20% of NHS organisations could still be making use of it, and around 90% are thought to run something on it somewhere in their organisation, often in clinical systems or imaging equipment.

"This is a sophisticated attack in terms of how it goes about attacking systems but relatively simple in terms of what it does, which is to scramble data and charge a ransom for victims to unscramble that data".

In a snap election campaign which May has dominated so far, the debate over the cyberattack on the NHS forced her onto the defensive, although it was not immediately clear what impact, if any, it would have on her popularity.

The region's NHS is keen to reassure people that the majority of services are running, however there has been disruption for some planned patient care.

A Nissan vehicle factory in the north-eastern city of Sunderland was also affected, a spokeswoman said.

Russian Federation is more vulnerable to attack because organizations there often use outdated technology as an economic slowdown squeezes spending.

Banks have tightened their security systems and increased their surveillance after the global cyber assault on individuals and organizations worldwide.

Other Spanish firms to be hit included power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural. Radio Slovenia said Saturday the Revoz factory in the southeastern town of Novo Mesto stopped working Friday evening to stop the malware from spreading - and was working with the central office in France to resolve the problem. Do not give people any more access to your system than they need to do their job.

French carmaker Renault's assembly plant in Slovenia halted production after it was targeted in the global cyberattack.

Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many groups failed to take it seriously.

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