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Here's How You Stay Safe Against A Ransomware Attack

18 May 2017, 08:03 | Violet Powell

Ransomware'WannaCry attack explained

Ransomware'WannaCry attack explained

Once clicked, the virus starts spreading. In addition to Russian Federation, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to the security firm.

In a statement Saturday, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre, known as EC3, said the attack "is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits".

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

"We are working with customers to provide additional assistance as this situation evolves", the company said.

Ransomware is a particularly stubborn problem because victims are often tricked into allowing the malicious software to run on their computers, and the encryption happens too fast for security software to catch it.

Writing on the company's website, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer Brad Smith gave a post-mortem of last Friday's "WannaCrypt" cyber-attack, which spread across the world thanks to a database of exploits stolen from the US' National Security Agency (NSA).

Microsoft distributed a patch two months ago that could have forestalled much of the attack, but in many organizations it was likely lost among the blizzard of updates and patches that large corporations and governments strain to manage.

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of re-releasing security updates for some older versions of its Windows platforms to counter a massive global wave of cyber ransomware attacks.

But the patches won't do any good for machines that have already been hit.

"The numbers are still going up", he said. In the first few hours, 200,000 machines were infected.

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The 22-year-old researcher known as "MalwareTech", who wanted to remain anonymous, said he spotted a hidden web address in the "WannaCry" code and made it official by registering its domain name.

"It's quite an easy change to make, to bypass the way we stopped it", MalwareTech, who uses an alias, told the Associated Press. The ease of stopping the attack suggests the hackers were new to this game.

U.S. package delivery giant FedEx, European vehicle factories, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Britain's health service and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit.

Chinese state media reported Monday that more than 29,000 institutions across the country - including universities, railway stations, hospitals and gas stations - had been infected.

"Global internet security has reached a moment of emergency", Qihoo360 warned. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection". The effects were felt across the globe, with Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the USA and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions.

When asked about the security of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), Singh said, "Luckily, the system we use (in CCTNS) is linux-based, hence it has not at all affected".

Attacker will send an email which contains viruses.

An unrivaled global cyber-attack is poised to continue claiming victims, even as United Kingdom health facilities whose systems were crippled early in the assault are returning to normal operation. In the meantime, experts are recommending that organizations harden against this threat and ensure that all systems are fully patched with the "MS17-010" security update.

And he defended the Government after a National Audit Office report in November warned that taking money away from NHS services would leave them vulnerable, telling BBC Breakfast it was down to individual trusts to protect against vulnerabilities and insisting they had enough money to protect against cyber attacks.

Consumers who have up-to-date software are protected from this ransomware.



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