Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

"The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said. For companies, it's a combination of reasons, from ignorance to security just not being a priority.

Most victims were quickly able to recover infected systems with backups, said the group's chief economist, Scott Borg. The virus took control of users' files and demanded $300 payments to restore access, the BBC report said. Cyber criminals targeted users in 150 nations, including the U.S., Russia, Brazil, Spain, and India, along with major government agencies, such as the U.K.'s National Health Service and Germany's national railway.

The Beijing News said Sunday that students at several universities around the country reported being hit by the virus, which blocked access to their thesis papers and dissertation presentations.

"Whenever there is a new patch, there is a risk in applying the patch and a risk in not applying the patch", Grobman said.

It has attacked hundreds of thousands of computers, security experts say, from hospital systems in the United Kingdom and a telecom company in Spain to universities and large companies in Asia.

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On Friday, a security researcher inadvertently created a "kill switch" to help stop the spread of this ransomware.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS incident director, said: "We have been working with 47 organisations providing urgent and emergency care who have been infected to varying degrees".

The security firm Kaspersky Lab, based in Russian Federation, noted that Microsoft had repaired the software problem that allows backdoor entry into its operating systems weeks before hackers published the exploit linked to the NSA, but also said: "Unfortunately it appears that many users have not yet installed the patch".

This weekend's global online extortion attack reinforces the need for businesses and other large organizations to update their computer operating systems and security software, cybersecurity experts said. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection".

"The affected computers are those with old Windows, issued in 2008 or earlier".

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Officials in Japan and South Korea said they believed security updates had helped ward off the worst of the impact.

When he registered the domain name, it activated a "kill switch" in the coding. That move, which cost just $10.69, redirected the attacks to the server of Kryptos Logic, the security company where he works.

The former USA national intelligence director says the global "ransomware" attack could grow much larger when people return to work.

The Windows vulnerability in question was purportedly identified by the NSA for its own intelligence-gathering purposes. And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability one month earlier, the sequence of events fed speculation that the NSA hadn't told the US tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen. But some experts have argued this attack could have been vastly mitigated if the NSA told Microsoft sooner. "But there's clearly some culpability on the part of the USA intelligence services". Otherwise, they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past. "It's a handy thing to have, but it's a risky thing to have". Instead, they can use them for intelligence gathering or law enforcement.

Breed reported from Raleigh, North Carolina, and Burnett from Chicago. "And that's what's happening right now". Jim Heintz in Moscow and AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun in NY also contributed to this story.

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