You've probably heard about the ransomware attack affecting organizations' computer systems around the world. The press release adds that the police, industrial authorities and the sectors of computer technology, education, banking and cyber-space, as well as some computer security companies, have already taken measures to respond to the attack.
Senior security staff held another meeting in the White House Situation Room on Saturday, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency were trying to identify the perpetrators of the massive cyber attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated Reuters.
Tim Stevens, a lecturer in global security at King's College London, warned that the incident should be a wakeup call to both the public and private sectors to incorporate security into computer systems from the ground up, rather than as an afterthought.
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"The operating systems on our computers and software downloads are managed centrally so that regular users can not download executable files from the internet without administrative rights", he said in an email.
As of now, there have been over 200,000 computers affected by the ransomware, as it spreads across the entire network after a single user receives an email with the malware. It locks down all the files on an infected computer.
In the case of this weekend's attack, WannaCry encrypts the system's data and requests $300 in Bitcoin for the program to decrypt them and let users access them again.
The attack, Smith says, "represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action".
The ransomware that has locked up hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries has been mainly spread by e-mail, hitting factories, hospitals, shops and schools worldwide, the Financial Times reported. "Software updates and security patches are pushed to us as needed so that we are using the most current approved versions of software on our computers".
Microsoft said the hoarding of exploits just puts users at risk when the vulnerabilities aren't disclosed - especially when that information is stolen or leaked and made available for hackers to use freely with no protections in place.
But no new large-scale outbreaks were reported, and British officials said a feared second wave of infections had not materialized.
Railway stations, mail delivery, gas stations, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls and government services also were affected, China's Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Threat Intelligence Center of Qihoo 360, an internet security services company.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting the technology's link to the US spy service, said it should be "discussed immediately on a serious political level". "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".
Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is the world's fifth largest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's.
"It has been a very strong response", she said.
An exterior view shows the main entrance of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in London, one of the hospitals whose computer systems were affected by a cyberattack, Friday, May 12, 2017.
"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", he said.