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Chinese state media says USA should take some blame for cyber attack

19 May 2017

A ransomware attack called WannaCry that was first launched on 12 May and since spread around the world impacted a number of high-profile organisations globally, including NHS England in the UK. Here at the store we recommend Avast for anti-virus and Malwarebites for malware.

WannaCry, the ransomware cyber attack that has affected computers worldwide has made its way to India, affecting states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala. Victims of the attack range in size-from Fortune 500 to small/medium-sized businesses-and industry-from academic institutions to large banks, health care providers, and transportation networks.

In most cases you get Ransomware by opening an email attachment and bad people suddenly have complete control of your computer. What if my computer is infected? Currently, the perpetrators behind the attack are not known.

Malware-tracking maps show WannaCry has remained active in Europe over the past 24 hours.

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Mac or Linux users are at the moment safe from harm, but there remains a risk they could be infected via the intranet once a member computer is infected. As a result, non-emergency operations were suspended and ambulances were being diverted to other hospitals.

The WannaCry ransomware continues to wreak havoc in Taiwan with 10 schools being reported victimized by the malware, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced yesterday.

Some victims were using computers that run on Windows XP, a 16-year-old operating system. Other experts are saying that they are puzzled by WannaCry. However, the NSA has neither confirmed nor denied this fact. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files.

But some other technology industry executives said privately that it reflected a widely held view in Silicon Valley that the US government is too willing to jeopardize internet security in order to preserve offensive cyber capabilities. The researcher discovered that the web address that WannaCry was searching for had not been registered. The domain turned out to be a kill switch left in the code to stop the ransomware's propagation. In part, that's simply because of the logistical complications involved in paying ransom to unlock thousands of computers within the short time frame demanded by the hackers behind the WannaCry attack. If using Windows, don't disable automatic Windows updates.

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Keep your operating systems up to date. But the ransomware making headlines, called WannaCry, is a bit unusual. Furthermore, the risks of ransomware compound when organizations lose valuable data that has not been backed up and that can not be properly restored.

Now, dealing with the global crisis Microsoft has developed and released a special update for Windows XP. 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. Probably the most successful one ever was the fearsome Stuxnet worm, which did moderate damage to Iranian uranium enrichment facilities back in 2009. Ransomware can not encrypt what it can not access. "Think about how antiquated that feels to us today", Smith says. Indeed, this assessment should be commenced as soon as possible. Train staff to be alert for such emails.

From cash machines in India to auto factories in Europe, the software has attacked and disrupted businesses on a global scale.

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