Get ready for a possible 'second wave' of that massive global cyberattack

May 18, 2017, 00:22
Get ready for a possible 'second wave' of that massive global cyberattack

While those unaffected by the attack should be okay as long as they obtain the relevant patch, for those already affected or those unable to obtain the fix, researchers had recently found a temporary solution preventing the further spread of infections, which the malware has now evolved around.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday night ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to convene an "emergency meeting" to assess the threat posed by the global attack, a senior administration official told Reuters.

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the USA military intelligence organisation National Security Agency (NSA) has affected customers around the world", Smith wrote. And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability one month earlier, the sequence of events fed speculation that the NSA hadn't told the us tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage".

United Kingdom defense secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday that Britain's nuclear submarines were safe from cyberattack.

Steve Grobman of the security company McAfee said forensics experts are looking at how the ransomware was written and how it was run.

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Interior Ministry: The Russian Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers, adding that less than 1% of computers were affected.

"You are dealing with a criminal", he said. An unidentified young cybersecurity researcher claimed to help halt WannaCry's spread by activating a so-called "kill switch".

Friday's attack largely hit businesses and large organizations: United Kingdom hospitals, a Spanish telecom, FedEx, the Russian Interior Ministry.

The massive ransomware attacks that started late Friday have locked people out of their computers and demanded hundreds of dollars from the users before they could regain control.

James Clapper told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he expects similar attacks to become a growing problem in the future.

An exterior view shows the main entrance of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in London, one of the hospitals whose computer systems were affected by a cyberattack, Friday, May 12, 2017.

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It is believed to be the biggest online extortion recorded.

Clapper, who served as intelligence director under President Barack Obama, calls it a "very serious, serious problem".

The attack is unique, according to Wainwright, because it combines ransomware with a worm function, meaning once one machine is infected, the entire internal network is scanned and other vulnerable machines are infected.

The ransomware attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, said Rob Wainwright, head of law enforcement agency Europol. But how much do individuals need to worry about their personal computers being targeted? He said it was too early to say who was behind the onslaught and what their motivation was, aside from the obvious demand for money.

"Since this WannaCry attack has been so effective thus far, it is quite likely that this is the first of many ransomware attacks that leverage exploits to effectively spread their payloads throughout the Internet".

It's on track to be one of the biggest recorded ransomware attacks ever, with tens of thousands of infected computers in almost 100 countries.

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Chinese media are reporting that the global "ransomware" virus attacked many university networks in China.

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