dglobalnews.com Cyberattack hits two lakh in 150 nations, number may rise
Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Cyberattack hits two lakh in 150 nations, number may rise

Cyberattack hits two lakh in 150 nations, number may rise

Meanwhile, GP surgeries on the Yorkshire Coast say they'll be open as usual on Monday, and anyone with an appointment should go along as planned, unless they're contacted directly and told otherwise.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme that the attack was indiscriminate.

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham). An exterior view shows the main entrance of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in London, one of the hospitals whose computer systems were affected by a cyberattack, Friday, May 12, 2017.

Thousands more infections were reported Monday, largely in Asia, which had been closed for business when the malware first struck Friday.

In Perth, Senator Scott Ludlam warned Australians to keep their computers up to date against such threats and hit out against cyberweapon creation by the US.

But the big second-wave outbreak that many feared they would see when users returned to their offices Monday morning and switched their computers back on failed to materialize. Download the security update right away to prevent the WannyCry ransomware from inflicting further damage.

The 5,500-strong Renault factory in Douai, northern France, one of the most important vehicle plants in the country, will not open on Monday due to the attack, sources told AFP.

After infecting the computers, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in Bitcoin in exchange for the locked files.

Reports indicate that payments of over $38,000 dollars have been made to the hackers as the ransomware threatened to double prices after three days and to delete files after seven days.

But experts and government alike warn against ceding to the hackers' demands.

The cyberattack paralyzed computers that run Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies worldwide.

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"It only guarantees that the malicious actors receive the victim's money, and in some cases, their banking information".

It combined a known and highly risky security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and a software design that allowed the malware to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.

The "Eternal Blue" tool developed by the National Security Agency had been dumped onto the public internet by a hacking group known as the "Shadow Brokers".

"There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred although we are trying to confirm that", Tehan said on Monday.

The WannaCry ransomware is being spread through a weakness in Microsoft Windows that was originally exploited by the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of their arsenal of cyberweapons in a tool called "Eternal Blue".

A British cyber expert was hailed an "accidental hero" after he registered a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the virus, which exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software. Companies including Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. reported problems but said they had not seriously affected their operations.

Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe.

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

Russian Federation said its banking system was among the victims of the attacks, along with the railway system, although it added that no problems were detected.

French carmaker Renault was forced to stop production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania, while FedEx said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible". Universities in Greece and Italy also were hit.

G7 finance ministers meeting in Italy vowed to unite against cyber crime, as it represented a growing threat to their economies and should be tackled as a priority.

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