Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming

  • Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming

Nations grapple with huge cyberattack, but more's coming

"It's one of the widest sperad attacks we've ever seen", said Michael Balboni, President of Redland Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in cyber security.

The effects were felt across the globe, with Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx the USA and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions.

He said Russian Federation and India were hit particularly hard, largey because tech giant Microsoft's older Windows XP operating software was still widely used there.

Guillaume Poupard, head of France's national cyber security agency, told Reuters he is concerned infections could surge again on Monday, when workers return to the office and turn on computers.

"We are on a downward slope, the infections are extremely few, because the malware is not able to connect to the registered domain", said Vikram Thakur, principal research manager at Symantec.

"The failure of the ransomware to run the first time and then the subsequent success on the second mean that we had in fact prevented the spread of the ransomware and prevented it ransoming any new computer".

Microsoft does offer a way out with these security tools, as well as the March security update that was pushed via Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010.

The ransomware attack is at "unprecedented level and requires global investigation", Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, said on Twitter.

In Russia, government agencies insisted that all attacks had been resolved.

In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Fallon said the Theresa May's British government had identified in its security review that cyber threats were one of the top three greatest threats for the country.

It also may never be known how much the hackers have netted from the ransomware attack. The team asked users to update antivirus applications and not open suspicious phishing emails. The effects of the attack on Turkey is unclear.

In a statement, the government said "measures to isolate any issues are now in place, with some systems expected to be operational over the weekend". Telefonica, the country's largest phone company, confirmed that some computers on its internal corporate network were hit, but it did not provide details. Russia's central bank said Saturday that no incidents were "compromising the data resources" of Russian banks.

French carmaker Renault's assembly plant in Slovenia halted production after it was targeted in the global cyberattack.

"It will affect appointments - particularly out patient appointments and scheduled operations - for months to come so patients are going to have to bear with the NHS whilst they sort through this quagmire".

Grant Gowers, 50, from Clacton-on-Sea in southern England, told CNN how the ransomware attack had directly affected him.

Germany's national railway said Saturday departure and arrival display screens at its train stations were affected, but there was no impact on actual train services.

The attack held hospitals and other entities hostage by freezing computers, encrypting data and demanding money through online bitcoin payments.

The malware was made available online on April 14 through a dump by a group called Shadow Brokers, which claimed past year to have stolen a cache of "cyber weapons" from the National Security Agency (NSA).

To help combat these attacks, on Saturday Microsoft made security fixes available for older Windows systems, which will be free for everyone. Once inside an organization's network, the malware behind the attack spread rapidly using this vulnerability.

"The ransomware can spread without anyone opening an email or clicking on a link".

The sort of ransom demands seen on the NHS screens are not without precedent at medical facilities.

The ransomware took control of computers around the world and required owners to pay hundreds of dollars to get their files back.

Hackers exploited the software to infect computers with ransomware that's called "Wanna Cry".

In many areas, with the exception of NHS Lanarkshire, the number of PCs or systems affected is said to be in single figures. The cyberattack, he said, could cause a major backlog in referrals.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported a university hospital had been affected, while a communications official in Indonesia said two hospitals there had been affected.

Under the vulnerability equities process (VEP) established by the United States government, USA intelligence agencies are supposed to collectively determine whether to disclose a vulnerability it has obtained or discovered - so the software developer has a chance to fix the problem - or withhold the information to use the flaw for offensive or defensive purposes.