A new ransomware or a virus has attacked over 70,000 computers worldwide including PCs from Schools, Governments, Offices, Armies and etc. It’s called “Wanna Cry” and it’s dangerous! Within a few hours, it spreaded like Fungal infection.
A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain’s health system and global shipping brand FedEx.
Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other private files.
The ransomware encrypted or locked the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists. Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.
As of now, Asian countries reported no major attacks on Saturday, but officials in the region were scrambling to check and the full extent of the damage may not be known for some time and then come up all of a sudden.
China’s official Xinhua news agency said some secondary schools and universities had been affected, without specifying how many or identifying them. The most frightening and most numbers of attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers on Friday.
Telecommunications company Telefonica was among those many targets in Spain, though it said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted. This seems very serious.
Private security firms identified the ransomware as a new variant of “WannaCry” that had the ability to automatically spread across large networks by exploiting a known bug in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Please be safe.
We suggest all our readers to be safe. It haven’t affected anyone in India but by judging the speed it’s spreading with, Plea
se be alert and access emails carefully.