Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

This attack is claimed to be the biggest in the world and has affected more than 100 countries since Friday.

The WannaCry ransomware appears to only attack unpatched computers running Windows 10.

The ransomware is called "Wannacry" and locks up your computer and forces you to pay the hackers to get all your stuff back - probably making you want to cry in the process. The pop-up also features two countdown clocks, one showing a three-day deadline before the ransom doubles, another showing a deadline for when the target will lose their data for ever. After seven days the files on the system are gone forever. The hackers had linked to a dead URL, but once MalwareTech registered to domain name for $10.69, the attack shut down.

If you're not on a work network that already has security, consider installing some form of security program on your computer.

Apart from the movie theaters, there were reports of infections from a total of five companies and more than 4,000 IP addresses, the government said.

After the ransomware attack left several NHS services without access to patient data, as well as striking other computers across the globe, Microsoft chose to take the necessary actions in patching up those vulnerabilities.

Other high-profile victims include hospitals in Britain, the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, French carmaker Renault, US package delivery company FedEx, Russia's interior ministry and the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn. Not a single continent was spared from the attack, save for Antarctica. Making the payment, they say, just proves the malware to be effective.

Experts added that small and medium-sized firms that still use older editions of Microsoft Windows systems, such as Windows XP, are more vulnerable to ransomware attacks.

The agency said Monday that "very few" people have paid the ransom.

He said tech companies, customers and the government need to "work together" to protect against attacks.

In a blog post published Sunday, Microsoft president Brad Smith criticized world leaders for stockpiling vulnerabilities to computer systems.

The WannaCry exploits used in the attack were stolen from the US National Security Agency, or NSA.

In a post on Microsoft's blog, Smith says: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". The patch may be able to help restore your files and stop the malware.

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