Massive ‘Ransomware’ attack hits 99 countries around the world


A large-scale cyberattack has spread across 99 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and India. The cyberattack has affected the IT systems of banks, telephone companies and hospitals. No instance of the vulnerability being exploited in India has come to light yet.
Cyber-security firm Avast, a provider of Antivirus, said it had seen at least 75,000 computers been infected by the malware, dubbed ‘WannaCry’. Among the government agencies and companies affected include UK’s National Health Service, FedEx, Spain’s communications giant Telefonica and the Russian Interior Ministry.
Unknown hackers apparently launched ‘ransomware’ attacks, which basically encrypt files and demands a Bitcoin (a form of virtual currency) payment to regain access. The message displaying on NHS computers has been circulated on social media and victims of the attack needs to send $300 or $600 to a bitcoin address.
In the U.K, the cyberattack has affected at least 16 organizations within the state-run National Health service. “The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor. This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors. At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed”, NHS Digital said in a statement.

A large-scale cyberattack has spread across 99 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and India. The cyberattack has affected the IT systems of banks, telephone companies and hospitals. No instance of the vulnerability being exploited in India has come to light yet.
Cyber-security firm Avast, a provider of Antivirus, said it had seen at least 75,000 computers been infected by the malware, dubbed ‘WannaCry’. Among the government agencies and companies affected include UK’s National Health Service, FedEx, Spain’s communications giant Telefonica and the Russian Interior Ministry.
Unknown hackers apparently launched ‘ransomware’ attacks, which basically encrypt files and demands a Bitcoin (a form of virtual currency) payment to regain access. The message displaying on NHS computers has been circulated on social media and victims of the attack needs to send $300 or $600 to a bitcoin address.

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