Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Cyberattack 'under control' in United States after global attack

Cyberattack 'under control' in United States after global attack

Russia's interior ministry said some of its computers had been hit, while the country's banking system was also attacked, although no problems were detected, as was the railway system. Spanish telco company Telefonica and United States delivery service FedEx have also admitted to being targeted.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step" while technicians deal with the aftermath of the attack.

Following Friday's global "ransomeware" cyber attack, police are reminding the public and business community of the importance of operating safely online.

England's National Health Service said 47 organisations providing care had been hit and on Sunday afternoon seven hospitals were continuing to divert patients from the emergency room.

Security experts have warned that another attack is imminent, most likely on Monday, and could be unstoppable.

And more local computer systems are expected to be hit. It was benign because it contained a flaw that prevented it from taking over computers and demanding ransom to unlock files but other more malicious ones will likely pop up.

The attacks began on Friday last week, when users' computers were taken hostage by ransomware, which would not allow them to access their computers unless they paid a sum of money.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, criticised governments for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright told ITV's Peston on Sunday program that what was unique about the attack was that the ransomware was used in combination with "a worm functionality" so the infection spread automatically.

Researchers who helped prevent the spread of the malware and cybersecurity firms worked around the clock over the weekend to monitor the situation and install the software patch.

"My hope is what it will lead to is more urgency and more focus from departmental and agency heads at the government level, from boardrooms at the business level and from individuals and families - of the need to make sure you're doing everything you can to keep yourselves cyber-secure".

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