Ransomware Virus Affects Hospitals, Telecom, Shipping Industries
There has been an outbreak of ransomware virus across the world on Friday, infecting around 100,000 computer in 99 countries. The virus locks the computer systems and demands bitcoins to unlock them. This incident exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.
Initially, the scope of the cyber attacks was not clear though reports started flowing from various analysts reporting similar instances of a malware attack on hospitals in Britain as well as the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm FedEx.
The Following video posted on www.rt.com explains about the incident in detail.
The Us Department of Homeland Security’s computer emergency response team reacting to the incident said it was aware of the ransomware situation around the world.
Jakub Kroustek security of Avast tweets suggested of detecting more than 75000 detections in 99 countries
— Jakub Kroustek (@JakubKroustek) May 13, 2017
Similarly, Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu tweet explains the severity of the situation.
So far, we have recorded more than 45,000 attacks of the #WannaCry ransomware in 74 countries around the world. Number still growing fast.
— Costin Raiu (@craiu) May 12, 2017
Forcepoint Security Lab said in a statement that the attack had “global scope”, affecting organisations in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico.
Edward Snowden who once used to work the US Govt twitter reacted asking NSA question.
In light of today’s attack, Congress needs to be asking @NSAgov if it knows of any other vulnerabilities in software used in our hospitals.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 12, 2017
The security experts confirmed the ransomware exploits a vulnerability that was discovered and developed by National Security Agency. They claim the ransomware was leaked by a group called Shadow Brokers and they have been distributing the stolen NSA hacking tools online since last year.