Ransomeware Virus Worldwide Attack, Infected Over 75K Computers
From the latest shared information online, there is now a huge cyber attack that hits thousands of computer systems worldwide and they recognize the spreading malware as the Ransomware virus. It affected almost 99 countries and a total of 75,000 computer units, according to the recorded data of the investigation.
It infects the files on the computers and requiring the administrator to pay through bitcons to open them.
According from the news of rt.com, the Ransomware virus is also called WanaCryptor 2.0 or WannaCry and successfully infected 75,000 computer units in almost 99 countries. The problem manifested on Friday morning, said Avast and it quickly increased the spreading massively in just a few hours after they detected it. The targeted countries include Taiwan, Russia, United States and Ukraine, among others.
Avast is one of the most reliable security software companies today.
Based on the investigation of the authorized experts, the WannaCry virus manages to penetrate Windows computers due to the security breach last March. On this matter, Microsoft may still need to deal with this problem as long as they do not update the systems of their computers as well as networks.
From the statement of Kaspersky Lab, the number of infected victims may continue to increase from the different targeted countries.
“Affected machines have six hours to pay up and every few hours the ransom goes up,” Kurt Baumgartner said. “Most folks that have paid up appear to have paid the initial $300 in the first few hours,” he added.
Baumgartner is the principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, which is a multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider in Russia.
This involved ransomware virus might infected at least 16 National Health Services (NHS) hospitals in the United Kingdom and Telefonica, the largest national telecommunications company in Spain, added by the reported news online. On the other hand, the computer attacks only affected the internal network and not affecting the customers such as the incident with Telefonica.
From the statement of the Spanish authorities who are investigating the issue, they advised the responsible people to fix the problem and found out the spreading is due to “EternalBlue” vulnerability.
In line with this kind of cyber attack, the healthcreitnews.com reported the news last month about ransomware virus that infected personal information of almost 55,000 hospital patients in ABCD Children’s Pediatrics in San Antonio, Texas. According to the shared information, the affected documents include the names, insurance bills, birthdates, Social Security numbers and results of laboratory tests, medical info, home addresses, phone numbers and technology codes procedures.
Based on the results of the investigation, the virus that breached the information is known as the “Dharma virus” and considered as one of the elements of the ransonware. The investigators likewise revealed that the hackers made us of unknown user accounts to access the system of the ABCD. Fortunately, the pediatric hospital and the expert IT team successfully cleared the virus and utilized the backups to restore all the affected information properly, the reported news added.
The issue about this latest cyber attack is serious because the involved hackers can immediately threaten the victims if they fail to send the required $300 payment using the cryptocurrency of bitcoin within 3 days.
For British Prime Minister Theresa May, she stated that this latest concern is not just attacking the hospitals in the UK, but it is part of wider attack worldwide.