Beware: Worldwide Ransomware Attack May Be Far from Over


Governments and computer experts girded Monday for a possible worsening of the global cyberattack that has hit more than 150 countries, as Microsoft warned against stockpiling vulnerabilities like the one at the heart of the crisis. "We don't have a large number of victims right now, and we, for the most part, are not seeing significant operational impacts for those who have been victimized". "However, we remain vigilant and have strengthened security controls at all layers to detect and mitigate any such threat", Wipro said in a statement.

But it remains unclear how WannaCry got onto computers in the first place.

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the Russia, Brazil and the US were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

CERT-In has listed out dos and don'ts and webcast on how to protect networks from ransomware attack. Another security company, Symantec, related the same findings, which it characterized as intriguing but "weak" associations, since the code could have been copied from the Lazarus malware.

"More than 40,000 businesses and institutions in China have been struck by the malware, according to state media", Schmitz says.

In Indonesia, the malware locked patient files on computers in two hospitals in the capital, Jakarta, causing delays.

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Europe's cross-border police agency chief Rob Wainwright said the attack was "unprecedented" and they are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify those behind the malware who are now unknown. However, it also reported that the actual cost paid in ransom was expected to be negligible. And they did. On Sunday a new variant was infecting thousands of systems in Russian Federation. The European Cybercrime Centre, EC3, at Europol said that the "recent [WannaCrypt] attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits".

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a non-profit group, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were affected. He says that when the NSA lost control of the software behind the cyberattack, it was like "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

One is a 22-year United Kingdom cybersecurity researcher, who goes by the name "Malware Tech", and the other is a Grand Rapids Security Research Engineer named Darien Huss.

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith answers questions at a shareholders meeting in 2014. Activating the domain worked as a kill switch for the malware.

The ransomware cyber-attack that occurred on May 12, 2017, has wreaked global havoc as computers using the Microsoft Windows XP and 2003 operating systems had their data encrypted by unknown perpetrators who demanded victims pay a ransom for their data to be decrypted. But computers and networks that didn't update their systems are still at risk.

Other tips: consider installing security software if you don't have it already, back up your computer to the cloud or external hard drive. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files.