More disruptions feared from cyber attack

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

"The numbers are going up; I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn (on) their machines on Monday morning".

A cyber-attack that hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft has said.

Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate, fast-spreading and unique because the ransomware was being used in combination with a worm - meaning that the infection of one computer could automatically spread it through an entire network.

A security update - or patch - was released by Microsoft in March to protect against the virus, but it appears many NHS organisations had not applied it or were using an older version of the operating system no longer supported - namely Windows XP.

"In the meantime, we wish to reassure patients that your GP will be there for you as usual if you are taken ill and that you will receive the best possible care from the NHS, despite the current difficulties".

Becky Pinkard, a security expert at Digital Shadows, warned another cyberattack was highly likely despite the discovery of a "kill switch" to prevent the spread of the ransomware.

As terrifying as the unprecedented global "ransomware" attack was, cybersecurity experts say it's nothing compared to what might be coming - especially if companies and governments don't make major fixes.

"The very nature of this particular malware, this sort of ransomware attack, is very potent because unlike more routine ones this one has used a sort of worm to exploit the operating system and bolted on a ransomware so that it spread incredibly quickly in hours not weeks or days", Wallace said.

Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ
Islamabad has rejected 16 Indian requests for consular access to Jadhav, who is held at an unknown prison in Pakistan. After his arrest, Pakistani officials said that he had confessed to spying for Indian intelligence services.

Mr MacGibbon declined to comment on the identity or type of the business impacted by the unprecedented cyber attack but said it was a small company, which did not provide critical infrastructure.

"'On Monday morning at the start of the new working week it's likely that successful attacks from Friday that haven't yet become apparent will become apparent", he told the Press Association.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital has been hit by the nationwide cyber attack on the NHS.

The government is not legally bound to notify at-risk companies.

The non-profit U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit research institute estimated that total losses would range in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but not exceed $1 billion.

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn said its station display panels were affected.

Universities in China, Italy and Greece were also hit. He tweeted: "The cyber threat is not over". The danger will be discussed at the G7 leaders' summit next month.

Tehan has confirmed that the Australian government is taking "all the necessary steps" to protect Australian businesses and organisations from the attack. We assume that the problems are due to the weekend's global cyberattacks.

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