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India third worst hit nation by ransomware Wannacry; over 40000 computers affected

19 May 2017

And now, the group named Shadow Brokers, that had leaked the tools from the U.S. national security agency's stockpile of cyber weapons, which were used by hackers for the recent attacks has said in a blog that it would be releasing hacking tools every month.

The cyber experts have warned of a huge risk in near future as most institutions and individuals in Bangladesh use pirated software. Even for larger companies with adequate IT resources, such updates can often take months to fully deploy.

In the United Kingdom, hospitals were crippled by the cyberattack, which forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted.

In the wake of the attack, which also goes by the name WannaCrypt, a top executive at Microsoft criticized the government for stockpiling software vulnerabilities and keeping them secret.

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"Most of the Indian organisations are still vulnerable to the attacks since the sophistication of these cyber threats is going up and many of Indian organisations including private and public sector still use outdated operating systems which make it easy for the cyber attackers to compromise the systems".

But Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies, a medical information consulting service, said the fees exposed Microsoft to the same criticism of price-gouging that drugmakers face when they charge high prices for life-saving drugs. This makes any organization (like schools, companies, hospitals, and businesses) using networked computers particularly vulnerable. On Friday, it reported 16 computer networks were shut down. Researchers have already found variants of the attack, so there is more than just one way it works.

The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open any document files as the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.

How to know if your computer is infected with WannaCry?

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Prevention is the best way to avoid becoming a ransomware victim.

The company issued a free patch in March that would have protected computers running recent versions of Windows from the malware.

If you have a recent backup, restore from it: Ransomware is worthless to a hacker if a user has a backup. This particular vulnerability was patched in modern versions of Windows around two months ago, if system updates were implemented more regularly across agencies and businesses, then this attack wouldn't have got as far as it did.

"People always try to take the easiest way", Upadhyaya said, adding that it can "take some effort" to apply a patch - the piece of software created to fix a problem. In most cases, the malware infects computers through links or attachments through phishing emails. Back up your data on an offline hard drive. 4. However, as of now, there is no patch for these older operating systems for the EsteemAudit vulnerability.

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