Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Claudine Rigal
Mai 20, 2017

Experts are warning that many office workers could return to work Monday and find their computers compromised.

So far there has been no progress reported in efforts to determine who launched the plot.

The virus, nicknamed WannaCry, infects Windows computer systems that have not received the latest security update.

They advised those whose networks have been effectively shut down by the ransomware attack not to make the payment demanded - the equivalent of $300, paid in the digital currency bitcoin, delivered to a likely untraceable destination that consists merely of a lengthy string of letters and numbers.

"In our research, we found that a large percentage of attacks globally by WannaCry happened in India and the country was third on the total number of attacks", said Altaf Halde, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab, South Asia.

"The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore", said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell.

The list of African countries affected by the WannaCry ransomware includes, but is not limited to, South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nigeria and many more. "There are third-party providers out there that will offer off-site storage - specifically, for situations like this when you have a ransomware attack".

The State Bank of Vietnam on May 15 confirmed that no Vietnamese credit institutions were affected by the WannaCry ransomware.

The most likely reason that out-of-date systems are still being used is the cost of upgrading them.

According to numerous reports, WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

Yet tens of thousands of computers weren't updated, allowing the malware to spread.

"In March, we released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting", Microsoft said last week.

One of the major problems faced was users running on pirated versions of Windows were unable to install security updates.

The cyberattack that hit the world on Friday May 12th is a stark reminder that governments need to rethink cybersecurity policies.

The NSA went to Microsoft after it learned a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers had stolen the hacking tool that took advantage of the exploit out of fear the tool might be used for a large-scale attack.

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