Cyber experts on Tuesday said the Indian banking system could be the next victim of the WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack, ANI reported.
But, if you suspect that your computer is infected with a malware, do not open any files.
The software company released security updates in March to address certain vulnerabilities that these WannaCry attacks are exploiting. Some cybersecurity experts are wondering if the vulnerability exposed with the leaked US government documents could be part of the attraction.
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Malware is a general term that refers to software that's harmful to your computer, said John Villasenor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Security researchers have discovered variants of the Windows malware that either doesn't have a kill switch, or which ping to a different domain than the one discovered by the researcher.
Microsoft is blaming the USA government. Corporations need to run "penetration tests" against their networks' security, and ensure that all incoming and outgoing emails are scanned for malicious links and attachments.
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"Once your system is affected, there is no option other than to pay the ransom, or you have to forget your data", the Brusin official said. Generally, computer scientists will publicly reveal exploits, usually after informing the company of the issue and giving them time to fix it, so that they can be fixed in other systems, and the whole computer ecosystem can be improved.
This is why it is so important to back up files on a separate drive or machine regularly. "Our cybercrime teams are now working to retrieve lost data", Joshua said. Indeed, many go against the official advice not to pay the ransom. That effort has been successful, but we continue to receive many questions about how this attack happened, what we must do to defend our organizations, and, of course, what's next? Up-to-date backups make it possible to restore files without paying a ransom. Victims have to contact the criminals for a decryption key to unlock their files.
In a blog posted on Sunday, Microsoft president Brad Smith said "the WannaCrypt exploits [sic] used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency" and called on governments to treat the attack as a "wake-up call". Computers outside the government's intranet are not monitored by the information technology department and are always at risk of such an attack.
They know it is not a good look to be caught out by ransomware hackers.
Brad Smith likened the WannaCry attack to the United States military having its Tomahawk missiles stolen.