'WannaCry' cyber attack: How to protect your computer

Jay Anderson
May 18, 2017

Just a few days ago a global cyber attack was launched using the "WannaCry" ransomware.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand government communications security bureau said it had not received any reports of the malware infection.

Russian Railways: State media said a virus attacked the IT system of Russian Railways, but it did not affect operations due to a prompt response. It's not hard for an attacker to alter the code of this malware in order to deploy it once more, although the threat of such action may motivate companies and individuals to protect themselves better, thereby reducing the potential damage, and appeal, of a repeat attack.

Despite the name, the new Thai body would have permanent access to every network, activated only by a supposed threat to national security.

In Japan, a spokesman for Hitachi said the conglomerate discovered problems on Monday morning and its computer networks were "unstable".

Cyber security experts predict that the scope of the attack could expand as people return to work and resume their work on computers, CNN reported on Monday.

"I was all ready to go, then at 1.30 pm the surgeon turned up and said there's nothing we can do", he told the BBC, citing concerns that if he needed a transfusion, doctors would not be able to accurately match his blood type.

The perpetrators of the attack are still not known.

"More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said.

India is on high alert, monitoring critical networks across sectors like banking, telecom, power and aviation to ensure that systems are protected against the attack that has claimed victims in more than 150 countries over the weekend. Microsoft released a patch over the weekend for the Eternal Blue vulnerability that defends against it even with older versions of Windows.

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Infected computers appear to largely be out-of-date devices that organisations that have not been upgraded with the latest security patches.

The initial ransom demand was $300 per machine.

Companies and governments spent the weekend upgrading software to limit the spread of the virus.

The trust, which provides hospital and community-based services to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire, said in a statement that dialysis and blood clinic patients should attend as per normal.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, described what happened as a "powerful reminder" of the importance of updating software.

Keep all the software on your computer up-to-date.

"GPs, of course, can still diagnose and treat patients without using computers but we ask our patients to bear with us if routine services such as repeat prescriptions and appointment booking services are slightly disrupted this week", she said.

"Once they're let out of the lamp, genies of this kind, especially those created by intelligence services, can later do damage to their authors and creators", he said. The state's Deputy Superintendent of Police, Palle Joshua, told CNNMoney that the impact would have been greater, but many districts took their systems offline as soon as the first attacks hit. The opposition Labour Party accused the Conservative government of leaving the National Health Service (NHS) vulnerable.

Some experts have said the amount demanded by the hackers is small enough that companies may conclude it's cheaper to pay it than to hire expensive specialist teams to restore their data.

SIX non-urgent procedures at Colchester General Hospital will be cancelled today as a result of the NHS-wide cyber attack.

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