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Things To Know About Ransomware Cyber Attack

Things To Know About Ransomware Cyber Attack

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal yesterday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

"The very nature of this particular malware, this sort of ransomware attack, is very potent because unlike more routine ones this one has used a sort of worm to exploit the operating system and bolted on a ransomware so that it spread incredibly quickly in hours not weeks or days", Wallace said, according to Reuters.

Liz Capp-Gray, acting director of health informatics at Medway Foundation Trust, said: "I can confirm that we have not, so far, been directly targeted by the WannaCry ransomware attack".

Dr George Farrelly, a GP in East London, said his practice did not have access to patient records and could not prescribe medicines when news of the attack broke on Friday (12 May). In December it was reported that nearly all NHS trusts were using an obsolete version of Windows that Microsoft had stopped providing security updates for in April 2014.

Computers around the globe were hacked beginning on Friday using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that was no longer given mainstream tech support by the United States giant.

As per some reports, Russian Federation faced more infections among countries.

Foreign minister Julie Bishop on Sunday also confirmed there was one business under investigation of a possible cyber attack.

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It is not clear why it took so long for NHS Digital to send it, or why so many trusts failed to update their systems once notified.

The computers were locked down in exchange for ransom payments, said Mashable. -National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and later leaked online.

A kill switch was accidentally discovered for the "Wannacry" virus that attempts to extort people of money in return for their data by a British cybersecurity researcher.

The fact is that poorly protected encryption or outdated systems are deplorably prepared to deal with a new class of cybercriminals, thereby enabling access to patients' medical data, which is supposed to be confidential and intensely personal, and other crucial data such credit card numbers, patients' medical bills and other important informations apart from behemoth payouts.

That said, a hacker could remove the domain and try the ransomware attack again, reports CNN.

Some experts have expressed concern that once people get back in the swing of things at work, the problem might jumpstart itself, causing more problems than before. Microsoft released a security update in March to protect against WannaCrypt but Windows XP was excluded from the patch.

In a statement, Mr Hunt stated that all organizations should do more to protect themselves from the increasing danger of cyber attacks.


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