Log in, look out: Cyber chaos spreads with workweek's start

Posted May 17, 2017

Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the United Kingdom were hit, and some of those hospitals canceled outpatient appointments and told people to avoid emergency departments if possible.

"There are other criminals who've launched this attack, and they are ultimately responsible for this", he said from his home in Oxford, England.

According to reports, ATMs or automated teller machines are highly vulnerable to such malware attacks as they now run on old version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, making a software security patch update a necessary exercise.

Patients wait at the registration desks at Dharmais Cancer Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday.

A cyberattack that has already taken over computers in 150 countries could spread further Monday, as people return for the start of a new work week and use computers that may not have been updated with a security patch.

As a loose global network of cybersecurity experts fought the ransomware hackers, officials and experts on Sunday urged organizations and companies to update older Microsoft operating systems immediately to ensure they aren't vulnerable to a second, more powerful version of the software - or to future versions that can't be stopped.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting in Italy, said Saturday the attack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity.

The ransomware, called "WannaCry" has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, Europol says. The temporary halt in production was a "preventative step", Renault said, giving no details on how badly the plant was affected by the malware.

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The latest entry in the growing pantheon of so-called ransomware packages, which silently encrypt a user's files in the background before popping up with a demand for payment in order to release the decryption key, WannaCry - also known as WannaCrypt or Wanna Decryptor - is on the face of it nothing special.

The hackers used the tool to encrypt files within affected computers, making them inaccessible, and demanded ransom - typically $300 in bitcoin. It affected businesses, governments, and individuals across the globe, particularly those using Windows XP and other unsupported Microsoft operating systems.

"The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said.

Russia's Interior Ministry, with oversight of the police forces, said about "1,000 computers were infected", which it described as less than 1 per cent of the total, according to its website.

Kyodo News said one personal computer was affected at one office at East Japan Railway Co., but train services were not affected. Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many organisations either failed to take it seriously or chose not to share what they'd found.

The ransomware is spread by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft released a security patch for in March.

Prasad said the government was working hard to promote Digital India throughout the country.

In May 2015, a statement from the Government Digital Service said: "All departments have had seven years warning of the 2014 end of normal support and this one year agreement was put together with the support of technology leaders to give everyone a chance to get off XP".