'WannaCry' ransomware attack: What we know

May 27, 2017, 04:42

It also has a new name Uiwix, according to researchers at Heimdal Security.

In a blog, he described how he stopped the spread of the virus by purchasing a web domain for pounds 8 and by redirecting it elsewhere. It's a process that's entirely manual and contains a serious flaw: The hackers have no way to prove who paid off the ransom.

Ryan Kalember, senior vice president at Proofpoint Inc. which helped stop its spread, said the version without a kill switch could spread.

WannaCry is the latest and one of the most notorious cyber-attacks has spread across the world in affecting possibly over 75000 computers across 99 Countries.

Over the weekend, European authorities estimated that at least 200,000 computers were infected, but the sum may have substantially increased on Monday with China reporting some 40,000 public and private organizations hit with the malware. Payment is demanded within three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received within seven days the locked files will be deleted, according to the screen message.

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Officials of the SBI, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank said no impact had been reported on their operations on account of WannaCry.

"You're really at the mercy of the human operator". What if my computer is infected? While the ATM manufacturers have said that nothing amiss was reported in the ATM network, they usually do not save any financial transaction data. Here are six things to know about the cyber attack known as "WannaCry" to hit the world. Still, he said, "Microsoft needs to admit that the 20th century is over, it's a much more hostile environment, and that hobbling the NSA won't make us any safer". "The best time to try again is Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 am, '" Horowitz said.

We first heard about WannaCry last week from the UK's health service, which appeared to be one of the first major computer systems affected by the hack.

Detailed instructions on securing your PC against WannaCry are available here. The hackers behind WannaCry only accept ransom paid via BitCoin, a digital currency that ensures that the transaction can not be traced.

For a variety of reasons, that fix never made it onto the affected computers.

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"If it was done for money, it wasn't the smartest way to get it", he said. "If someone kidnaps your child, you may pay your ransom but there is no guarantee your child will return". For a malicious program that's infected more than 300,000 machines, even a low ransom could have resulted a huge payoff.

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Enable the "Show file extensions" option in the Windows settings on your computer. "There wasn't any gap to jump in and get the files decrypted".

Investigators are continuing efforts to identify the culprits behind the attack with Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab observing similarities between code used in the ransomware software with hackers linked to North Korea.

The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), under the Ministry of Information and Communications, has issued warnings as well as offered protection measures to all users to guard against the ransomware and its variations, which target Microsoft Windows - an operating system that is widely used in Vietnam, especially the outdated Windows XP.

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