“Still water runs deep”. This famous proverb is true, as still water has too much depth in it. Similarly, there is a cyber war going on in this world and nobody knows about its depth. If somebody fires a gun or a cannon, at least you can see it coming. But these Cyber attacks, you won’t even have the slightest idea of their whereabouts. You never know when you will be the next target and most importantly these attacks take away “the rights of confidentiality” from us. These attacks target our data and in today’s world, data is the key to everything.
These are the ransom malware affected area. Take a look at the global outrage:
A ransom virus just attacked 74 countries and the main target of this attack was NHS (National Health Service). This global cyber outrage has taken the world by surprise as 45,000 cyber-attacks have been reported and all in the NHS(National Health Service) sector. Health is the primary requirement of every nation and tampering of this data may result in severe consequences.
According to The Guardian, these attacks have been carried out using a tool that NSA(National Security Agency) recently reported was stolen by some hackers. Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity company, estimated that around 45,000 attacks were carried out in 74 countries. U.K’s prime minister, Theresa May said that this attack was part of a big part of an International plan and NHS England has declared it as a major incident.
This same malware attacked some of the largest companies in Spain and Portugal. It also affected phone company Telefónica (85% of Telefonica computers have been affected) and The international shipping company FedEx. This ransom virus encrypted data on the computers and demanded payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cyber security company F-Secure, called the attack “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history”.
This attack led to a Twitter Outrage, check out yourself:
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Alan Woodward, a visiting professor of computing at the University of Surrey, said that attacks attacked the same problem that is Microsoft vulnerability. He further added that this attack was a total success because “either some organizations did not apply the patch released by Microsoft, or they are using outdated operating systems”. According to a report that was released in December, it emerged that 90% of NHS computer were still running on Windows XP, two and a half years after Microsoft stopped supporting the operating system.
“Today our engineers added detection and protection against new malicious software known as Ransom: Win32 WannaCrypt,” said Microsoft.