Governments, businesses worldwide brace for new ransomware attacks

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Microsoft is now warning that the government practice of "stockpiling" software vulnerabilities so that they can be used as weapons is a misguided tactic that weakens security for everybody.

He added that the Cyber Swachhta Kendra, the government's portal for information about cyber security is being updated on regular basis since Saturday.

A spokesman for the Russian Health Ministry, Nikita Odintsov, said on Twitter that the cyberattacks on his ministry were "effectively repelled". Nonetheless, officials and security firms seemed optimistic, telling news outlets that the spread was starting to slow.

Four computers in a Panchayat office in Wayanad have been suspected to attacked by the virus. The mentioned cyber-attack hit thousands of outdated versions of Microsoft Windows computers on Friday.

"These attacks underscore the fact that vulnerabilities will be exploited not just by our security agencies, but by hackers and criminals around the world".

The trust was forced to cancel operations of the weekend after the cyber attacks on Friday, which led to its radiology and pathology systems failing, and patients were urged to ensure it was an emergency before attending their A&E departments. But if you're just hearing about this attack - or waking up to an unresponsive computer of your own - here's what you need to understand about what law enforcement officials have called the biggest such attack in history. "What we don't do in our NHS is micromanage it from the desk", he said. The ransomware campaign was unprecedented in scale according to Europol, which estimates that around 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries.

"The truth is, if you're going to cut infrastructure budgets and if you're not going to allow the NHS to invest in upgrading its IT, then you are going to leave hospitals wide open to this sort of attack".

A total of 11 area health boards had been affected but yesterday brought only a few reports of ongoing difficulties such as the Scottish Prison Service's website and email which was down for a short while.

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Security Minister Ben Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 - when the Labour Party was in power - that was stopped and left to the local trusts that run hospitals. On Monday, the Japanese electronics maker Hitachi, a prominent Korean theater chain and the Chinese government said their systems had been affected.

"Ransomware is following the same trajectory as phishing", said Phillip Hallam-Baker, an expert at the digital security firm Comodo.

"Overall, the USA infection rates have been slower than the rest of the world, but we may still see significant impacts in additional networks as these malware attacks morph and change", said Bossert.

Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe.

It's not clear whether the services were suspended due to attacks or for emergency patching to prevent infection.

"These alerts included a patch to protect their systems". Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a statement. No major Indian corporations reported disruptions to operations. By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70 percent of systems were back online.

The warning was echoed by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre: "As a new working week begins it is likely, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale". A coal port in New Zealand shut temporarily to upgrade its systems.

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