Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trusts told to remain vigilant with updated cyber-attack guidance

Tom Bossert is a homeland security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump.

In a statement on Sunday, Qihoo 360 said the ransomware had spread particularly quickly through universities and research institutions, affecting more than 4,000 of them. Additionally, experts warn that copycats could also try another attack. Bossert acknowledged that "attribution is difficult" at this point.

"We need the tech sector, customers and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks".

Oxford-based Riverbank IT Management says it is being inundated with calls regarding the ongoing ransomware cyberattack.

"With the success of the initial infection of WannaCry, it wouldn't be at all surprising to see the next iteration released soon", said Millard in an email remarks sent to eWEEK.

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A spokesperson for the Russian Health Ministry, Nikita Odintsov, said on Twitter that the cyberattacks on his ministry were "effectively repelled". He added that the US government does not recommend paying the ransom and warned that making a payment to the hackers doesn't guarantee that access to computer files will be restored. Police Scotland are working with the National Crime Agency on the investigation.

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the Russia, Brazil and the USA were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

It was feared that NHS workers returning after the weekend would experience another spike in attacks as the malicious software could have infected more computers since Friday.

Mr Turnbull's cyber security advisor, Alastair MacGibbon, said none of Australia's government agencies or health systems had been hit.

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, which meant the company stopped providing any security updates or technical support for the OS since then. A few ATMs running on old Microsoft Operating System remained non-operational as part of precautionary measures.

New Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) with Microsoft's Windows 10, however, were not affected by the ransomware. The feature notifies you when important updates are available on your computer.

Older Windows versions can also be infected.

If you're not on a work network that already has security, consider installing some form of security program on your computer. Using macOS's time Machine or Backup and Restore in Windows you can store a full system backup.

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It's thought that the group might also have been behind the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, which supposedly was carried out in response to a comedy film about North Korea, although Pyongyang has never admitted any involvement.

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