Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

After Global Malware Hack New Concerns Linger

Bahl said CERT-In has been carrying out cybersecurity drills for government departments, providing them with crisis management plans and the steps to be taken in the case of an attack.

In most cases, the attackers are in countries where the USA has no ability to take action unless it wants to pay the country or go to war against them to stop the attack (s). He explained that 60 per cent of the attempts by the malicious ransomware were targeted at enterprises, while 40 per cent were on individual customers.

How many people have been affected by the current strain, WannaCry? But that number has nearly certainly risen as people in Asia - who had logged off for the workweek before WannaCry began spreading - have returned to work. At least 30,000 Chinese computers were affected after the hack on Saturday.

But reports say, Kolkata, Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Pune and Mumbai were worst hit.

And that's just a measure of the electronic consequences of WannaCry.

If you're suspicious of an update notification thinking it might be malware or a phishing attack, you can easily verify by going to the software provider's website. "The attack crippled the hospital system in Great Britain and affected business and government networks globally".

The China Daily pointed to the USA ban on Chinese telecommunication provider Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, saying the curbs were hypocritical given the NSA leak.

It's largely a question of resources and attention.

Once it's in, WannaCry ransomware begins its insidious work by anonymizing communications with the attacker's servers (hiding their names and locations).

Most security experts defended Microsoft's fees.

That raises questions about inequality in technology, said Stewart Baker, a former general counsel at the National Security Agency. 5000 list seven years running, is a 2015, 2013 and 2012 Microsoft Partner of the Year, 2016 NJ Business of the Year, 5X WatchGuard Partner of the Year and one of the TOP 200 U.S. Microsoft Partners!

Other organizations, he said, may have stuck with legacy software because it worked and paying to upgrade to new versions of Windows didn't seem necessary.

How much money is the WannaCry cyberattack costing businesses?

To rectify this, updating computer security is a must.

Yes, it was a ransomeware attack, in which individual computers are frozen and the contents encrypted, and a ransom demanded in return for a decryption key.

Smith said he hopes the recent WannaCry attack will change the minds of government agencies and stop developing hacking tools in secret and holding them for use against adversaries, especially since the technology for WannaCry was stolen from the NSA. "You can't say I'll do it tomorrow, because what we're seeing right now is what happens when you put it off until tomorrow".

Reports indicate that months ago the National Security Administration first uncovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system using a hacking tool that ironically was then released on the Internet by hackers.

Vox also called on the public to update their Windows operating systems to avoid security problems.

What about Apple and Android devices? As per a NDTV report, WannaCry was stopped in its tracks by a British researcher, but it did infect almost 2 lakh computers worldwide. Unfortunately, there are many systems that simply are rarely updated, such (believe it or not) many military systems.

Secondly this attack can be a good time to revisit email policies and who is allowed to run executables and macros.

If I were on Windows, I'd take all this very seriously. The average ransom across all attacks known to security software provider Symantec in 2016 was $1,007. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

Both Murakami Wood and Munro painted a picture of a future where a huge number of devices are running out-of-date, unsupported software that will never receive security patches.

"We encourage all Dedicated and VPS customers to ensure they have antivirus software; a data backup solution; and regularly update all software, including the operating system, on a regular schedule", Raven concluded.

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