Health Care

Simple steps to tiptoe around WannaCry ransomware nightmare

Simple steps to tiptoe around WannaCry ransomware nightmareā€¯

A cyber ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid through the online medium.

When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says, in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday.

"We will get a decryption tool eventually, but for the moment, it's still a live threat and we're still in disaster recovery mode", Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union's law enforcement agency Europol, told CNN's Becky Anderson on Sunday.

The attack sent the stock prices of Chinese internet security firms soaring in the Shenzhen market.

The ransomware exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes. What makes WannaCry particularly insidious is that once inside an organization's network it will hunt down vulnerable machines and infect them too.

This risky malware attack that started on Friday has disturbed many countries and their institutions.

Organizations around the world spent the weekend trying to recover after being hit by a virus that seeks to seize control of computers until victims pay a ransom.

Jeffco board unanimously approves three-year contract for new superintendent
She said she was eager to get to work with a board she knows well and with which she feels she has a good working relationship. Oliver Robinson on the land issue, it was a single, individual, issue. "The VNA gave the highest offer", Anderson said.

Tom Donnelly, a spokesman for NHS Digital, the arm of the health service that handles cybersecurity, said in a phone interview that 16 organisations, including "hospitals and other kinds of clinician services", had been hit by a cyberattack.

Spanish firm Telefonica, French automaker Renault, the USA -based delivery service FedEx and the German railway Deutsche Bahn were among those affected.

How does WannaCry work and what can we do to protect ourselves?

"Looking at the trends, it was going to happen", he said.

Several organizations around the world including the UK's National Health Service (NHS) were greeted by a message informing them that they had to pay $300 in Bitcoin if they wanted access to their files. The NSA tools were stolen by hackers and dumped on the internet.

The attack, which demanded ransom payments emailed by web link or attachment in 28 languages, hit 230,000 computers running Microsoft Windows in 99 countries when it was launched last Friday. But millions of individuals and smaller businesses still had such systems. The ransomware exploits older versions of Microsoft's operating system software, such as Windows XP. "Unfortunately, most people don't have them", Abrams says.

"We've seen the rise of ransomware becoming the principal threat, I think, but this is something we haven't seen before - the global reach is unprecedented", Wainwright said.

WWE says Braun Strowman will be sidelined for at least six months
Seth Rollins , Samoa Joe, Finn Balor , Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns will square off on June 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office . Plus, the new partnership between Raw Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax continues.

However, British cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley doesn't want to blame the NSA for the attack. This may explain why WannaCry's impact has been so massive, because large numbers of machines at each victim organization are being compromised.

United States package delivery giant FedEx, European auto factories, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Britain's health service and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit.

How To Protect Yourself From WannaCry Ransomware? Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they had identified the malware behind the attack in upward of 70 countries, although both said the attack has hit Russian Federation hardest.

Europol said a special task force at its European Cybercrime Centre was "specially created to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation".

Russia's Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers. Had it not been for a young cybersecurity researcher's accidental discovery of a so-called "kill switch", the malicious software likely would have spread much farther and faster.

When asked about the security of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), Singh said, "Luckily, the system we use (in CCTNS) is linux-based, hence it has not at all affected".

Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies aged 79 following illness
Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who tortured and killed five children with Myra Hindley in crimes that shocked the nation, has died. In 1987 Brady finally confessed to the murders of Pauline Reade and Keith Bennett but he was never tried for the crimes.



Like this

Latest


17 May 2017
Israelis were "shocked" after Trump's White House waffled on the Western Wall
Trump, however, has vowed to break with that policy by moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem . The status of sovereignty over the wall became a political issue between the USA and Israel earlier this week.

17 May 2017
Saudi king touts Trump's Islamic summit as 'new partnership'
Defense Secretary James Mattis (left) visits Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (center) on April 19, 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

16 May 2017
Paul McShane suspended as Reading and Fulham vie for Wembley place
And we defended well after that, kept it tight, and we didn't give away many chances at all. "We will push hard on Tuesday night". I'm happy with them and I think they're happy with us at the moment - so that's a good thing.

16 May 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8's Camera Falls Behind The Pixel On DxOMark
The battery will be of 3,200 mAh and not the original 3,500 mAh that was on the device before it was recalled. The Android 7.0 Nougat update started in India with Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge devices last month.

16 May 2017
Maria Sharapova's comeback gathers pace as she secures place in Wimbledon qualifiers
Monday's 6-4 6-2 win ensures Sharapova will move inside the top 200 and earn a Wimbledon qualifying place next month. Also, Sam Querrey eliminated Lucas Pouille, a semifinalist past year , 7-6 (6), 7-6 (8).

16 May 2017
Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to abandon boycott
Arsenal face the already relegated Sunderland on Tuesday; the Gunners now sit three points adrift of fourth placed Manchester City.

16 May 2017
Disney CEO: Hackers claim to have upcoming film
The hackers first tried to pressure the post-production company, but eventually targeted Netflix with ransom demands. The hackers have however threatened to release increasingly longer pieces of the movie online if they aren't paid.

15 May 2017
Astros-Yankees game postponed; doubleheader on Sunday
The right field porch was a friendly confine and in the Bronx as a Yankee the Houston Astros catcher hit 46 of his 69 home runs. The ceremonious cheers from the pregame honoring were quickly silenced just as Houston's George Springer stepped into the box.

14 May 2017
Trump urges Liberty U grads to stand up to criticism
Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. An early endorser, Falwell continues to be Trump's faithful adviser and ally, and much of Liberty reflects his enthusiasm.

13 May 2017
Ransom reportedly demanded in cyberattack on England's health-care system
Operations were canceled, emergency room services were scaled down, and medical personnel went back to using handwritten notes. Portugal Telecom was hit on Friday by a cyber attack but no services were impacted, a spokeswoman for the company said.



Recommended