More Victims Expected In Unprecedented Cyberattack As Users Log On Monday

Ransomware Cyber Attack A Wake Up Call, Microsoft Warns

Ransomware Cyber Attack A Wake Up Call, Microsoft Warns

The unprecedented cyberattack affected systems, including at banks, hospitals, and government agencies, in dozens of countries around the world - with Russia, France, and Great Britain particularly hard hit.

It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded.

"At this stage we haven't seen the impact that they have seen in the United Kingdom, for example", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Speaking to ITV's Peston on Sunday, Europol director Rob Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate across the private and public sectors.

Spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher.

Ruediger Trost of the security firm F-Secure said he expected "another wave" of attacks "sooner or later", while the unidentified British IT researcher who stopped the spread of Friday's attack said the next attack could start as early as Monday.

The main challenge was the fast-spreading capabilities of the malware, but he added that, so far, not many people have paid the ransoms that the virus demands.

Britain's state-run National Health Service was affected by the attack. A 22-year-old cybersecurity expert known as MalwareTech slowed the attack by registering a domain name he discovered in the ransomware's code.

The Great Britain researcher was considering stopping the malware from going into a "sinkhole" server until he read Huss's analysis on Twitter.

"And also existing known infections can spread, we can't say what scale the new cases will occur at but it's likely there will be some".

Darien Huss, a 28-year-old research engineer who helped MalwareTech, agreed the threat was far from over. Lieu said the current disclosure process is not transparent, and often misunderstood.

While hospitals were not the target of the WannaCry ransomware strain Friday, they were among the most infected as they often lack budgets to defend their online systems, and once their networks are down, thousands of patients lives may be put at risk. The NSA tools were stolen by hackers and dumped on the internet.

WannaCry takes advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

The malware is spread by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft released a security patch for in March. Meanwhile, the malware was able to spread widely through university, business and government networks. Smith also said that Microsoft has been "working around the clock" to assist affected customers, even those on older operating systems that are no longer supported.

He continued that users must ensure they update their computer's security systems regularly.

Other cybersecurity experts were also quick to question whether the NSA did not hold some responsibility in its developing, and hoarding, of vulnerabilities in systems. "But there's clearly some culpability on the part of the USA intelligence services". Doctors told him two weeks ago they needed to schedule a prostate biopsy to determine if he has cancer.

"Remarkably few payments so far have been made, so most people are not paying this", Wainwright said. They were forced to reschedule patients, and people were warned to stay away from emergency rooms if possible. "It's a handy thing to have, but it's a risky thing to have".

District nurses working for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have found they can not access the IT system they use. "And that's what's happening right now".

Burnett reported from Chicago.

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