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What we know about the global cyberattack

19 May 2017

According to Anti-Virus firm Kaspersky's Global Research & Analysis Team; the WannaCry cryptor sample from February 2017 looks similar to Lazarus APT group sample from February 2015.

While Choi's speculation may deepen suspicions that the nuclear-armed state is responsible, the evidence is still far from conclusive. Authorities are working to catch the extortionists behind the global cyberattack, searching for digital clues and following the money. "Everyone that we are talking to is treating this as a priority".

A unsafe new ransomware called "WannaCry" made waves recently, affecting roughly 200,000 systems in more than 150 countries worldwide.

This ransomware simply locks up the files on an infected computer and encrypts them so that the owner or authorized user can no longer access them. The ransomware attack will force hundreds of thousands of users of older versions of the Windows operating system to upgrade to recent versions such as Windows 10 Pro - which now retails on the Windows store for a sweet Rs 14,999.

According to Rob Wainright, director of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, more than 200,000 computers are affected by WannaCry, most of which are outside the U.S. Both the scale of the attack and the virulence with which it spread from computer to computer surprised many cybersecurity experts. "We've seen a huge focus on nation-state hacking by other countries including Russian Federation and North Korea".

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Instead of developing hacking tools in secret and holding them for use against adversaries, governments and intelligence agencies should share weaknesses they find with Microsoft and other software makers so that vulnerabilities can be repaired.

"Since March, the government has been on high alert".

Bossert said the hackers have been paid less than $70,000 by victims so far. An investigation is on-going regarding how the codes got out. The bad: This attack has demonstrated how a new automated form of malware can spread rapidly, potentially encouraging future hackers. But North Korea has been preparing cyber skills for more than 10 years and its skill is significant. "I don't want to say we have no clues".

Although bitcoin is anonymized, researchers can watch it flow from user to user. If approved, those changes could help answer a growing number of calls by hackers for more regulation of security practices.

But that technique is no sure bet. People have to be really aware and vigilant.

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The name Ransomware suggests, The WannaCrypt0r 2.0 bug encoded all the information from the computer, and lock down the pc and requested that the client pays the said money by a message on the screen. That, in turn, might further narrow the focus on possible suspects.

"All these things have led to the current situation that India is not at all the victim of the attack in the manner the other countries of the world are facing today", he added.

Even if the perpetrators can be identified, bringing them to justice could be another matter. Chinese media reported that more than 29,000 institutions in the country were infected by the attack, while the Japanese media has claimed that more than 600 companies were hit. "Microsoft has a very strong position that is an absolute, whereas my position is a little bit more balanced", Grobman says.

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