But the big second-wave outbreak that many feared they would see when users returned to their offices Monday morning and switched their computers back on failed to materialize. Businesses and institutions are anxious about facing a threat on Monday when they resume commercial activities. “So they no longer get the security updates they should be”.
In the US, FedEx Corp reported that its Windows computers were “experiencing interference” from malware, but wouldn’t say if it had been hit by ransomware.
Ransomware is software that infects a computer and then demands the user pay to have their information restored.
A spokesperson for the Russian Health Ministry, Nikita Odintsov, said on Twitter that the cyber attacks on his ministry were “effectively repelled”.
While Microsoft called for more participation from users and companies to keep their systems up to date and protected, it also called for governments to stop stockpiling security vulnerabilities as weapons. “But there’s clearly some culpability on the part of the USA intelligence services”.
Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre said that anyone hit by ransomware should use the unlocking tools provided at NoMoreRansom.org, a free resource developed by Europol in partnership with the Dutch police and other industry partners.
The blame game has already started.
The U.S. government clearly had its priorities wrong in not focusing on better protecting these cyberweapons, he said.
“An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen”, Smith wrote.
At least one strain of the ransomware has proven especially vicious.
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Nissan Motor Co. confirmed some units had been targeted, but there was no major impact on its business.
Chinese media reported Sunday that students at several universities were hit, blocking access to their thesis papers and dissertation presentations.
A divert remains in place for trauma, stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required, at the Lister Hospital, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East).
Computers and networks that hadn’t recently updated their systems are still at risk because the ransomware is lurking.
Smith also called cyberattack protection a “shared responsibility” between companies and customers. He said the situation was under control.
Broadcaster NTV said 600 companies and 2,000 computers in Japan had been affected.
In Britain, the National Cyber Security Centre says it is “working round the clock” with experts to restore vital health services.
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In Spain, the attacks did not disrupt the provision of services or networks operations of the victims, the government said in a statement.
“If people have already taken action and applied the software patch (issued by Microsoft), they need not worry”.
The Andhra Pradesh systems were isolated PCs and not connected to larger networks, he said. No company – or hospital, or university, or individual – asks to be the victim of cybercrime, but there are also things companies can do to prevent the attacks from succeeding. “Our cybercrime teams are now working to retrieve lost data”, Joshua said.