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20 May 2017, 02:08 | Patty Hardy
Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright said the situation could worsen on Monday when workers return to their offices after the weekend and log on. "We've seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released".
Kaspersky has recorded more than 45,000 attacks of the WannaCry ransomware in 74 countries around the world, mostly in Russian Federation.
The flaw in Windows behind a huge cyber-attack affecting organisations around the world, including some United Kingdom hospitals, can be traced back to the US National Security Agency (NSA) - raising questions over the US government's decision to keep such flaws a secret. "Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we have also released updates for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003", informed a Microsoft spokesperson, the TOI report added.
The China Education and Research Network, which operates under the Ministry of Education, said 66 out of 1,600 Chinese universities were affected, mainly due to operating systems not being regularly upgraded rather than any major security shortcomings in university systems.
IT Minister Prasad revealed that government had issued an advisory in March itself, informing administrators about the "software patch" in Microsoft which could be used against a possible attack.
Microsoft partly blames United States gov't for cyberattack
The attack infected 300,000 machines in 150 countries, said Tom Bossert, US President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser. On top of that, critics say, the government didn't notify companies like Microsoft about the vulnerabilities quickly enough.
"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the USA military intelligence organisation National Security Agency (NSA) has affected customers around the world", Smith wrote in the blog.
Experts said India is vulnerable as a large number of computers in the country run the Microsoft's older operating systems like XP, and have not been updated yet.
Rounding out the five, Barracuda Networks Inc., which sells security software specifically focused on email, the main path through which WannyCry spread, closed the day up 5.7 percent. An investigation is on-going regarding how the codes got out.
The National Cyber Security Centre has warned that it is likely that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale. "We are in the second wave", said Matthieu Suiche of Comae Technologies.
Here Everything you need to Know: Bank ATMs all over India be affected by WannaCry worm worldwide assault that locks PCs and requests a payment, digital security specialists said on Monday. "We can surely expect more". Chinese media reported that more than 29,000 institutions in the country were infected by the attack, while the Japanese media has claimed that more than 600 companies were hit. This ransomware attack should work as an eye-opener. This ongoing attack not only had minimum, but almost zero per cent impact, in India.
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