Monday, May 15, 2017

WannaCry

After the cyber attack Friday that hit 150 countries, affecting hundreds of thousands of computers, the damage appears to be slowing. Only a total of $38,000 was paid to whoever launched the ransomware attack, using WannaCry ransomware. Costs to those affected who pay promptly are supposed to double after three days, so we'll know by later today if the situation deteriorates. Some specialists believe another attack will happen today (Mon.). Major companies that were  hit include: FedEx, Germany's rail network, Spain's telecommunications operator, Russia's interior ministry, and parts of the UK's National Health Service. Many IT security people apparently ran a lot of checks and set new codes in place in an attempt to limit ongoing damage. Microsoft says WannaCry was developed by the NSA and stolen by hackers. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39920141

Update: Similarities in codes may link the attack to prior attacks  but instead of being based in China or via China, now specialists wonder if they originated in North Korea. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39931635

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