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At least 100000 groups in 150 countries hit by ransomware

At least 100000 groups in 150 countries hit by ransomware

Despite working around the clock over the weekend NHS staff have not been able to completely fix the problem.

In India, there were reports of some systems of Andhra Pradesh Police being affected on Saturday, although CERT-In has said that the PCs were isolated and not on a network.

The so-called ransomware has wormed its way into thousands of computer systems in an apparent extortion plot, shutting users out unless they coughed up a payment.

This particular attack used malicious emails to encrypt a computer's data and demand payment of hundreds of dollars to decode the data.

For supported versions of Microsoft operating systems find the patch here. And the United Kingdom government called an emergency meeting over the crisis.

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the USA giant. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call. Smith says that's wrong.

Since such attacks have started occurring more often, security experts advise people to take all the protective measures and keep their devices safe.

Spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher.

Installing the patch is one way to secure computers against the virus.

Microsoft has introduced a security patch to tackle the situation, and consumers across the globe have been advised to download the solution at the earliest.




Proofpoint and a British cybersecurity researcher teamed up Friday to derail the attack that was said to strike at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries.

Hospitals, major companies and government offices were among those that were badly affected.

Separately, Europol Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher than is now known as more people may find they were hit by the virus when they return to work Monday and switch on their computers. The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats claimed the Conservative Party had not done enough to prevent the attack.

The Russian Interior Ministry said some of its computers had been hit by a "virus attack". So even people with older computers should go update them.

Clapper, who served as intelligence director under President Barack Obama, calls it a "very serious, serious problem".

"Of course there are amounts that are being demanded, in this case relatively small amounts - $300 rising to $600 if you don't pay within three days", he said.

The "unprecedented" ransomware cyberattack has hit as many as 200,000 victims in over 150 countries, Europe's leading security chief said today and warned of another "imminent attack".

In addition the Gibson Research Corporation offers a free "port scanner" here that allows you to check your computer to see "the most common and troublesome Internet ports" that computers have.

The virus or malware behind the latest cyber-attack has been identified as "ransomware".

Chinese media reported that more than 29,000 institutions in the country had been hit, with universities and other educational entities the hardest hit, along with railway services and retailers.


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