22
Tuesday
August 2017
10:45 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
Main News
Ransomware attack: India issues red alert, cyber experts warn of more trouble today
 
(New Delhi, May 14, 2017): The country’s cyber security agency Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERTIn) has issued a redcoloured ‘critical alert’ in connection with the WannaCry attack, and warned users to not pay the ransom.

The ransomware worm that stopped car factories, hospitals, shops and schools over the weekend worldwide, with Asia having escaped the worst so far, could wreak fresh havoc on Monday when employees log back on, cyber security experts warned.

“Individuals or organisations are not encouraged to pay the ransom as this does not guarantee files will be released. Report such instances of fraud to CERTIn and law enforcement agencies,” CERTIn said.

The spread of the virus WannaCry, which locked up more than 100,000 computers, had slowed on Sunday, but new versions of the worm were expected even while the world was yet to take stock of the extent of damage from Friday’s attack.

Marin Ivezic, cyber security partner at PwC, said some clients had been “working around the clock since the story broke” to restore systems and install software updates or restore systems from backups.

Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks.

Code for exploiting that bug, known as “Eternal Blue”, was released on the internet in March by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers.

The group claimed it was stolen from a repository of National Security Agency hacking tools. The agency has not responded to requests for comment.

The US cyber security researcher who helped halt the WannaCry attack, Darien Huss, said on Sunday that it wouldn’t be difficult for those responsible to rerelease it or for others to mimic it — and this time it would not be reined in.

“This particular attack was relatively easy to shut down,” agreed Bryce Boland, Asia Pacific chief technology officer for FireEye, a cyber security firm.

Monday is expected to be a busy day, especially in Asia which may not have seen the worst of the impact yet, as companies and organisations turn on their computers.

Some of the world’s largest institutions and government agencies have been affected so far, including the Russian interior ministry, FedEx in the US and Britain’s National Health Service.

Other major hits included automaker Renault and its arm Dacia, the Nissan plant in northeast England, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, Spain’s telecom giant Telefonica, Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina, and a hospital in Jakarta that cautioned of big queues on Monday when about 500 people were due to register.

Cyber security company Symantec predicted infections so far would cost tens of millions of dollars, mostly from cleaning corporate networks.

Ransoms paid amount to tens of thousands of dollars, one analyst said, but it is generally predicted to surge when the deadline to pay the ransom approaches, and people start paying up once news spreads that payment solves the problem. One estimate put it as high as a billion dollars, but till Saturday, some $33,000 had been paid into the several bitcoin accounts associated with the ransomware, according to Elliptic, a company that tracks online financial transactions involving virtual currencies

The US government on Saturday issued a technical alert with advice on how to protect against the attacks, asking victims to report attacks to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of Homeland Security.


Congress demands Kerala minister KK Shailaja’s removal over nepotism charge
Probe allegation against Kerala Transport Minister: VS Achuthanandan
23 dead as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail in UP
Amit Shah prepares blueprint for 2019 elections, BJP aims for Mission 350-plus
Attacked actress reacts to PC George's statements
Inquiry ordered into Jaya's death, merger chances brighten
Thomas Chandy offers resignation if allegations proved
Internet firms asked to erase Blue Whale links
Hadiya case: Supreme Court orders NIA investigation
Violence in the name of faith not acceptable: PM
Gorakhpur hospital tragedy continues, 6 more children die
Athirappally project: War of words intensifies
Suspended Chief Of Gorakhpur Medical College Blames Yogi Government For Delay In Getting Funds For Oxygen Supply
Usain Bolt limps out of final race, Great Britain win Gold in World Championships 4x100m relay
30 children die in Gorakhpur hospital
Hamid Ansari steps down as vice president, with words stirring a national debate
LDF victorious in Mattannur municipality
Donald Trump threatens 'fury' against N Korea
Missing kid's dead body found from river
Congress' Patel wins pipping BJP nominee at post
KERALA NEWS
Swamy Gangeshananda receives bail
 (Kochi, Aug 21, 2017, DG): The Kerala High Court on Monday granted bail to Swamy Gangeshananda, who  
K K Shylaja accused of nepotism, resignation sought
Monsoon rainfall deficiency 29 per cent in Kerala
Chandy offers his assets to MLA inside Assembly
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Get ready for Fuxing: World's fastest train is launching in September
 (Beijing, Aug 21, 2017):China will launch the world's fastest train in September which will s
'Extremely dissatisfied' China blames India for Ladakh scuffle
Ten sailors missing after US destroyer collision off Singapore
Thousands celebrate at India Day Parade in New York
NATIONAL NEWS
OPS sworn in as TN deputy CM; to hold finance portfolio
 (Chennai, Aug 21, 2017): Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerslevam was today sworn-in
Braid-chopping rumours claim life of woman in Jharkhand
Merger of AIADMK factions likely today
Post demonetisation, separatists and Maoists feel 'fund-starved': Arun Jaitley
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.