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    Ransomware attacks reported on Windows machines internationally

    Ransomware attacks reported on Windows machines internationally


    Last Updated: 13 May 2017 at 22:48



    The ransomware attacks that forced hospitals across the UK to turn away patients are apparently part of a larger wave of ransomware infections worldwide.

    As well as the UK, where the ransomware infections have resulted in NHS trusts cancelling operations, the fallout is being felt around the globe, particularly in Spain.

    Spanish communications giant Telefonica said that a cybersecurity incident had affected the PCs of some employees on the company's internal corporate network.

    According to Spanish newspaper El Pais other firms in the country have also been affected.

    Spain's national CERT warned of a "massive attack of ransomware" and said the ransomware's potency resulted from it exploiting a known software flaw called EternalBlue.

    This is a Windows flaw that was part of an hoard of software vulnerabilities apparently collected by the NSA - but leaked by the so-called Shadow Brokers...


    Read more: Ransomware attacks reported internationally | ZDNet

    See also: Hospitals across the UK hit by ransomware cyber attack, systems knocked offline | ZDNet

    Update: WannaCrypt ransomware worm targets out-of-date systems Windows Security
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    12 May 2017


  1. Posts : 34,882
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    Update: BBC is reporting that similar attacks are being reported in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan today.

    Heart surgery cancelled:
    NHS cyber attack: 'My heart surgery was cancelled' - BBC News

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    And there's a new nasty being distributed by email attachment too...

    New Ransomware 'Jaff' Spotted; Malware Groups Pushing 5M Emails Per Hour To Circulate It - Slashdot
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    This still makes the news? IT guys know about it and they know how to easily prevent it, but since those infected organisations lack money and thus a proper IT support, this will keep happening, until they realize, how important is IT and that infected computers will result in a bigger profit loss, not to mention reputation.
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    Unfortunately some companies still think its cheaper to pay the ransom than set up proper IT and security support.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    This still makes the news? IT guys know about it and they know how to easily prevent it, but since those infected organisations lack money and thus a proper IT support, this will keep happening, until they realize, how important is IT and that infected computers will result in a bigger profit loss, not to mention reputation.
    Well considering a patch for it was just released this week..


    Err, March?
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    OilerNut said:
    Well considering a patch for it was just released this week.
    Ransomware can be prevented by other means, not by relying on the obsolete security software.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    Ransomware can be prevented by other means, not by relying on the obsolete security software.
    Oh sure it can, but it can still be a painful process in trying to keep ahead of every attack.
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    OilerNut said:
    Oh sure it can, but it can still be a painful process in trying to keep ahead of every attack.
    You setup and forget about it, it is really easy, it starts with a limited user account, group policies and etc.
    Even if you would not update it for years, it would be safer than any other fully updated system with AVs.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    You setup and forget about it, it is really easy, it starts with a limited user account, group policies and etc.
    And when people demand more rights than just read access? Who want full control of everything on their exposed machine? Who out rank you and you can't say no to?
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    OilerNut said:
    And when people demand more rights than just read access? Who want full control of everything on their exposed machine? Who out rank you and you can't say no to?
    Yea, many people complain, that they can no watch porn or play games on company computers, life sucks.
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