Cyber attack could spark lawsuits but not against Microsoft

"But the message is very clear not just for organisations like the NHS but for private individuals for businesses - although we've never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can, do all of us can do to protect ourselves against them". Patched computers carry a much lower risk of being infected by malware or ransomware than those without an update. It also uses strong encryption on files such as documents, images, and videos.

Experts are suspecting that the next wave of attacks will be subjected to the banking sector.

The cyberattack that took computer files hostage around the world appeared to slow on Monday as authorities worked to catch the extortionists behind it - a hard task that involves searching for digital clues and following the money. "And the average ransom spiked 266%, with criminals demanding an average of $1,077 per victim". And that's for a simple reason: Individuals and organizations alike are fundamentally bad about keeping their computers up-to-date with security fixes. "It is deeply disturbing the National Security Agency likely wrote the original malware". But that's complicated, because hackers need to find security flaws that are unknown, widespread and relatively easy to exploit. The NSA does not publicly discuss its activities.

The first version of the malware turned up on 10 February and was used in a short ransomware campaign that began on 25 March. Humans, like you and me, are notoriously fallible and are the ones who build and program operating systems like Windows.

The Spanish telephone operator Telefonica said it had been attacked. Hardening systems and creating more separation between systems can create additional levels of security, so that if the network is compromised, it doesn't affect every computer or device on that network.

On Monday, the White House promised a fight against the Ransomware attack on 300,000 computers in 150-countries. FedEx, Nissan, and the United Kingdom's National Health Service were among the victims.

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

"There are so many states that have been affected". This led to thousands of canceled appointments and operations.

Labour's shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, in a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said concerns were repeatedly flagged about outdated computer systems.

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In Asia, where Friday's attack occurred after business hours, thousands of new cases were reported yesterday as people went back to work.

Governments, hospitals and major companies have all found themselves battling the malware, which demands money in return for unfreezing computers. "On China's most prestigious college campuses, students reported being locked out of their final papers".

Levin says if the perpetrators actually live in one of the countries hit hard by this attack - say, Russian Federation - that would be, as he puts it, "an incredibly bad life choice".

As for Microsoft, some intelligence agency experts questioned its NSA criticism, saying it's unreasonable for the company to ask governments to stop using its products as a way to attack and monitor enemies.

In Japan, 2,000 computers were reportedly infected.

In Japan, several large manufacturers have been hit, reporter John Matthews tells NPR: "Companies including Hitachi have reported several of their systems going down, including computers at a hospital in eastern Japan".

Once malicious software is in the wild, it is commonly reused by hacking groups, especially nation-states trying to leave the fingerprints of another country.

President Donald Trump's homeland security advisor Tom Bossert dismissed the idea that the USA is to blame.


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