Expert finds more North Korea links in ransomware attack

Expert finds more North Korea links in ransomware attack

Likewise, ransomware actually looked poised to take off earlier with payments through Green Dot MoneyPak and similar networks, but pressure from the Treasury Department has stifled the cash-out network used by criminals to convert MoneyPak into currency.

Instead, victims have to wait and hope WannaCry's developers will remotely free the hostage computer over the internet.

If every ransom ends up being paid, the hackers could make more than $1 billion from the breach. Most, including the WannaCry ransomware used in the NHS hack, encrypt files on the victim's computer - what's known as "encrypting ransomware".

Less than $70,000 has been paid in the recent ransomware cyberattack, White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert told a daily briefing on Monday. As most users are not familiar with bitcoins, the manual guides the user on how to obtain them. If payment is not made after seven days, the encrypted files will be deleted.

The culprits can only restore users' systems by manually sending the decryption key to each affected computer, which will amount to a time-consuming process, he said. "To buy a bitcoin in India, most (bitcoin) wallets need PAN and other KYC details to authenticate an account", said Shree Parthasarathy, partner at Deloitte, adding that it would take about 48 hours to load a bitcoin wallet through startups such as Zebpay, Coinsecure, and Unocoin.

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The other problem is that WannaCry has no mechanism to determine who paid what and which computer should be released. "It's one of the tools in their pockets", said cybersecurity and Bitcoin expert Florin Lazurca, the senior technical marketing manager for security at Citrix Systems.

In the case of WannaCry, researchers speaking to WIRED US suggested the perpetrators did a poor job of verifying payments, making it unlikely paying the ransom will result in your files being unlocked. "We have largely overestimated the income of the population of your country", as sourced by Taiwan News. "The best time to try again is Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 am, '" Horowitz said.

There have also been no reports from people claiming they've successfully recovered their files after paying the ransom.

Mikko Hypponen, CRO at F-Secure tweeted saying his firm has confirmation that some 200 systems have been decrypted after the ransom was paid, but such a step is still not recommended.

Check Point has identified three Bitcoin addresses associated with WannaCry - and this is the cause for concern. But the inefficiency of the payment model makes Hickey wonder whether the hackers were really after money.

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A ideal example to establish why currency free of government control is required was post 2012-13 Cypriot financial crisis, where people tried to get money out of the cash machines but electronic transfers where stopped by the regulatory body. "The FBI noted back in 2016 that a staple of ransomware is that it "[includes] instructions on how to pay the ransom".

So far, there are no reports of WannaCry infecting computers yet in the Philippines, as of this writing, but local Information Technology Officers advise keeping one's security software up to date to protect against such attacks. Bitcoin, however, is a transparent public ledger and so for the first time, the world can track these payments online, even when the attackers move these Bitcoins.

It's still unclear who created WannaCry, whether amateurs or skilled hackers. Security professionals have warned against a second attack wave, as new versions of the ransomware were detected lacking the "kill switch".

Accepting that your computer is infected with ransomware is hard. Even without ransomware, it means that files can be stolen, edited or otherwise corrupted. And two, as more people pay the ransom, this trend is more likely to grow.

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