Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call

The message demanding payment seen on NHS computers in some parts of the country. Pic HSJ

The message demanding payment seen on NHS computers in some parts of the country. Pic HSJ

What computers are affected by the cyberattack?

South Korea has been mostly spared from the global cyber chaos that crippled scores of governments and companies in 150 countries. This software, which Microsoft released in 2001, was one of the most common operating systems of the 2000s.

He said people should be regularly updating their software, and not just when there is a threat.

The National Security Agency (NSA) alerted Microsoft about the issue three months ago and Microsoft released an upgrade that patched the flaw, but many users were yet to run it, CNN reported.

Capitalising on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, the virus dubbed WannaCry has blocked more than 200,000 computers across the globe, demanding a ransom to unlock them.

British Prime Minister Theresa May weighed in, "Europol has said that it is unprecedented in terms of the scale of the cyber-attack that has taken place".

People have been asked to pay ransoms of $300 (£230) or more to regain access to their computers. WannaCry has a "worm-like" ability to spread through cyber networks automatically.

Europol, the European Union law-enforcement agency, has advised people to be wary of clicking on links in or downloading attachments from any emails from senders they do not recognise.

The virus, which took control of users' files, spread to 100 countries, including India, the UK, Spain, France and Russian Federation.

Raiu said it is not necessary that the hackers are connected with the ransomware attacks. Because numerous computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago.

Microsoft rolled out over the weekend a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8, which are operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support. Two slightly older versions, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, are also still available.

Smith said Microsoft has the "first responsibility" to address the problem.

"We clearly don't advocate paying criminals, because we don't do it offline and we shouldn't be doing it online, and that's the best advice I can give", he said. If you're using Windows 7 you can download Microsoft's free Windows Security Essentials software. You should also take extra care when opening emails that are from an unusual sender.

Chinese state media say more than 29,000 institutions across the country have been infected, along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

A full scan should be carried out - this will locate any malware that may have already found its way onto your computer.

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