WannaCry Like Virus UIWIX Detected In China
The world is just recovering from the mass devastation caused by WannaCry attack hampering regular work in organisation of 150 countries around the world, China has issued a warning to users to beware of a virus similar to WannaCry.
Xinhua news agency reported, The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre (CVERC) and software company AsiaInfo on Wednesday confirmed to have detected the UIWIX virus which holds resemblance to the WannaCry malware.
Chen Jianmin, CVERC deputy head said – “ Both viruses use security holes in the Microsoft Windows operating systems to rename files and encrypt them in order to limit users from accessing the computer or files unless they pay a ransom.”
Generally in case of a UIWIX virus attack the files are renamed with a .uiwix extension. Though no reports of such infection are reported CVERC is on alert.
Windows has already released a security patch to protect the computers against the potential attack.
Discovery of another mutation of WannaCry WannaCry 2.0 was announced by Beijing authorities earlier this week.
In the wake of the WannaCry attacks Qin An, director of the China Institute of Cyberspace Strategy, said the attack “again reminds the world of the great harm the US network hegemony and its network weapons can bring about.”
In china around 30000 companies were affected by WannaCry malware attack. The attack took in its grasp hospitals, train stations, universities, government offices, post offices and gas stations.
The state owned oil company CNPC was also hit by the WannaCry malware attack, it is the fourth largest company in the world in terms of revenue. It was forced to disconnect its servers which linked to around 20000 service stations and hampered the online payments.