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Global Cyber Attack Hits Hospitals, Companies

14 Mai 2017

The Opposition Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have both demanded an inquiry into the cyber-attack.

Russian agencies slowly acknowledged that they were affected but insisted that all attacks had been resolved.

The attacks, which experts said affected dozens of countries, used a technique known as ransomware that locks users' files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual Bitcoin currency.

Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries on Friday, making it one of the broadest and most damaging cyberattacks in history. Russia's national railway system said it was attacked but rail operations were unaffected. Renault's futuristic assembly line in Slovenia, where rows of robots weld auto bodies together, was stopped cold.

Russia's central bank said Saturday that no incidents had "compromising the data resources" of Russian banks, state news agency Tass reported. Russia's health ministry said its attacks were "effectively repelled".

"Our society increasingly relies on interconnected systems to deliver key services such as health", he said.

"At this stage", the NHS said, "we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

In his opening remarks, Lasantha Wickremasinghe, President, CA Sri Lanka said that cyber threats top the list of challenges that organisations face in the fast developing technologically advanced world where there is increasing risks of fraud and security threats and therefore it is advisable to invest in cyber security to make the systems secure.

Germany's national railway says departure and arrival display screens at its stations were affected Friday night, but there was no impact on train services.

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The hacking tool, a new variant of "WannaCry" ransomware, is believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency.

A young cybersecurity researcher has been credited with helping to halt the ransomware's spread by accidentally activating a so-called "kill switch" in the malicious software.

The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday that the 22-year-old Britain-based researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, found that the software's spread could be stopped by registering a garbled domain name.

Computers already affected will not be helped by the solution.

"One thing that is very important to note is our sinkholing only stops this sample and there is nothing stopping them removing the domain check and trying again, so it's incredibly important that any unpatched systems are patched as quickly as possible", he warned.

Screenshots of WannaCry with text in Spanish were also shared online.

According to reports, people who were infected received a warning message as well and it stated that the ransom would supposedly rise with time and the files would be eventually deleted. The EternalBlue-WanaCrypt0r attack showed that the NSA did not reveal the vulnerability it had discovered before it was stolen and apparently auctioned off, Segal said. Although Microsoft released a security patch for the flaw earlier this year, many systems have yet to be updated, researchers said. "We will continue to work with affected (organizations) to confirm this", the agency said.

Security experts said the attack appeared to be caused by a self-replicating piece of software that enters companies when employees click on email attachments, then spreads quickly internally from computer to computer when employees share documents.

Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich countries will commit on Saturday to join forces to fight the growing threat of global cyber attacks, according to a draft statement of a meeting they are holding in Italy. The damage and effects are being analysed by the team in coordination with the concerned authorities to recover from the malware.

Global Cyber Attack Hits Hospitals, Companies