Ransomware Cyber attack threat escalating: Europol

19 May, 2017, 14:16 | Author: Leticia Walters

"While Microsoft's release of back-ported patches is a commendable proactive action, the ACSC considers organisations running Windows XP, Server 2003 and other unsupported operating systems to be exposed to extreme risk", the organisation said in a statement. "It appears at this stage, it is unlikely there will be any large-scale ramifications". He told the Tele: "We have had IT engineers in working tirelessly over the weekend".

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

A cyber virus which caused turmoil within the NHS could have been much worse, a computer expert at the University of Sheffield has claimed.

On Monday, senior administration officials defended the government's handling of software flaws, without confirming the NSA link to WannaCry, the tool used in the global ransomware attack.

The organisation told trusts: "Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber-attack".

'It might be that they're just being very quiet because they don't want to instil a lack of trust in their system, ' she said.

The software exploits a security flaw in Windows XP, and once it infects a computer, it encrypts the files and spreads to other computers.

'Because this would be nowhere near the global spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March'.

He had previously asked that patients other than those with emergencies avoid going to the surgery until Tuesday.

More than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries have been hit so far by the ransomware, which has netted the party responsible at least $49,000 in Bitcoin payments, according to recent news reports.

At the time Prime Minister Theresa May said it was not an attack targeted at the NHS.

SHANGHAI-"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at almost 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted.

"The affected company doesn't fall under critical infrastructure, it's not a medical or health service and it is not a big company", he said.

The ransomware known as Wanna Decryptor is believed to be responsible.

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