Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

2 lakh hit by 'unprecedented' cyberhack in 150 nations: Europol


The ransomware attack struck British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries.A number of hospitals in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after dozens of NHS systems were brought down in Friday's attack.

US President Donald Trump has ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to hold an emergency meeting to assess the threat posed by the global computer ransomware attack.

All of this may be just a taste of what's coming, Ori Eisen, who founded the Trusona cybersecurity firm in Scottsdale, Ariz., said Saturday in an interview.

The Europol chief said his agency was working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to find those responsible, and that more than one person was likely to be involved.

The effects were felt around the globe, disrupting computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in nations as diverse as Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India and the U.S. Britain's National Health Service was hit hard, while Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the U.S. and French carmaker Renault all reported disruptions. Universities in Greece and Italy also were hit.

"That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said.

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In remarks released on Sunday, Brigadier General Jalali pointed to the massive cyber attack and said the ransomware has spread from the NSA and was used on goal.

Nonetheless, the experts say such widespread attacks are tough to pull off.

The malware is spread by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft released a security patch for in March.

Australia appears to have escaped the worst fallout from a huge global ransomware attack, but the Prime Minister's cybersecurity adviser has warned that "this is not game over" in the battle between hackers and security agencies.

Finding out who was behind the malware is going to be very hard. But this is something we haven't seen before.

When CNNTech first reported the Microsoft vulnerabilities leaked in April, Hickey said they were the "most damaging" he'd seen in several years, and warned that businesses would be most at risk. Normally, such patches are reserved for organizations willing to pay for extended support. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection". Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many groups failed to take it seriously. The ransomware exploits older versions of Microsoft's operating system software, such as Windows XP.

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The anonymous researcher tweeted Saturday that he initially didn't know that creating the domain name would stop the malware.

That affordable move redirected the attacks to MalwareTech's server, which operates as a "sinkhole" to keep malware from escaping.

Symantec, a cybersecurity company, forecast infections so far would cost tens of millions of dollars, mostly from cleaning corporate networks.

But the kill switch couldn't help those already infected.

"You never want to pay a criminal as there is no honour amongst thieves but ultimately its going to be a business decision if they think they can not operate without these files", he said.

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