World braces for more cyberattacks as work week begins

Another safety measure suggested by CERT-In was "users and administrators are advised to apply patches to Windows systems as mentioned in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010."for network protection, use host based firewalls between workstation".

The warning echoed that from Europe's policing agency earlier Sunday.

The attack is unique, according to Europol, because it combines ransomware with a worm function, meaning once one machine is infected, the entire internal network is scanned and other vulnerable machines are infected.

Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries on Friday, making it one of the broadest and most damaging cyberattacks in history.

Nissan: The carmaker said in a statement that "some Nissan entities were recently targeted" but "there has been no major impact on our business".

Spanish firm Telefonica, French automaker Renault, the US -based delivery service FedEx and the German railway Deutsche Bahn were among those affected. Now, the question is, how to protect yourself from the WannaCry Ransomware.

"The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said.

Several organizations around the world including the UK's National Health Service (NHS) were greeted by a message informing them that they had to pay $300 in Bitcoin if they wanted access to their files. News organizations have reported that when details of the bug were initially leaked in March by a group calling itself the "Shadow Brokers", many security researchers predicted it would lead to the creation of self-starting ransomware worms. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call.

Microsoft said it had taken the "highly unusual step" of releasing a patch for computers running older operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. Besides, it does nothing to help machines that have already been hit. "Obviously, they want those tools in order to spy on people of interest, on other countries, to conduct surveillance", Cluley said. But it remained unclear how many organizations had already lost control of their data to the malicious software - and researchers warned that copycat attacks could follow. Wainwright said Europol did not know the motive.

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CERT-In has been on an overdrive advising critical infrastructure agencies including banks, airports, telecom networks and stock markets to take precautions against the ransomware attack by downloading software "patches".

Not to mention the fact that those responsible were able to borrow weaponized software code apparently created by the U.S. National Security Agency to launch the attack in the first place.

United States package delivery giant FedEx, European auto factories, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Britain's health service and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit.

As its modus operandi, the Wannacry/ WannaCrypt Ransomware drops user manuals in - Chinese, Indonesian, French, Vietnamese, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Danish, Korean, Croatia, Polish. "Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking possible actions to protect our customers".

Once clicked, the virus starts spreading. Two big telecom companies, Telefónica (TEF) of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation, were also hit.

Russia's Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers.

Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far.

Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to Mr Hunt to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues", the newspaper said, and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration". Officials urged organizations and companies to immediately update their security software.

He warned governments against stockpiling such vulnerabilities and said instead they should report them to manufacturers - not sell, store or exploit them, lest they fall into the wrong hands.

  • Marjorie Miles