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Six ways to prevent WannaCry ransomware attack

16 May 2017

Nissan Motor Co. confirmed Monday some units had been targeted, but it had responded and there has been no major impact on its business.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon defended the government's decision not to fund updates for NHS computers, "appearing to deflect criticism on the health trusts themselves for the fact crucial files were left open for hackers to exploit", says The Independent. Programs were being installed to fix the problem. It soon emerged that the attack was global with reports of affected computers coming in from all over the globe.

Deutsche Bahn: The German railway company told CNNMoney that due to the attack "passenger information displays in some stations were inoperative" as were "some ticket machines".

A hacking group called Shadow Brokers released the malware in April, claiming to have discovered the flaw from the NSA, Kaspersky said.

The report echoes warnings from Europol over the weekend.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame for Friday's massive cyberattack at the feet of the USA government.

The WannaCry exploits used in the attack were stolen from the US National Security Agency, or NSA.

It says the latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by, and stolen from, United States intelligence, a BBC report said. Security firms have suggested that users immediately disconnect the infected device from the local network to contain the spread of infection.

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It said Sunday that a similar cyberattack could also recur, though it did not have "specific evidence" of this.

Computers in more than 150 countries have been hit by what experts are calling an unprecedented mass cyberattack using ransomware.

"Our pro-active routine maintenance and planned security and anti-virus update programme, coupled with the county-wide Internet Security Filter has protected us".

As we always say, patching is critical.

Darien Huss, a 28-year-old research engineer who helped MalwareTech, agreed the threat was far from over.

The virus was able to infect many systems on Friday because some users didn't install the latest security update, leaving computers vulnerable for any attack.

"This should be a wakeup call for us", he told ABC radio this morning.

It is believed to be the biggest online extortion recorded.

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How can people protect their computers? In the case of WannaCry, the amount could be anywhere between 300$-600$.

A global ransomware attack struck hospitals, companies and government offices Friday and now cyber security experts fear more businesses may find they have been hacked come Monday.

Experts and governments alike warn against ceding to the demands and Wainwright said few victims so far had been paying up.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS incident director, said: "We have been working with 47 organisations providing urgent and emergency care who have been infected to varying degrees".

A the Royal London, which has one of the busiest A&E wards in the country, medical equipment is said to have failed as the virus spread from computer terminals to apparatus.

An worldwide effort was underway to track down the criminals behind Friday's unprecedented attack that wreaked havoc up and down the country.

The UK's National Crime Agency tweeted: "We haven't seen a second spike in WannaCry ransomware attacks, but that doesn't mean there won't be one". It crippled the British health care system for a day, infecting almost 20 percent of its health care groups, forcing medical treatments to be canceled or postponed for thousands of people. If they hadn't explained to be about the cyber attack, I wouldn't have been aware that there were any issues.

Specifically, WannaCry exploited a Windows vulnerability Microsoft released a patch for in March.

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