As the world gets ready to start the new working week on Monday, governments and enterprises are putting their guards on for the second round of cyber-attacks. The first round of attack by a ransomware program called WannaCry caused an alarming level of disruption on last Friday. On Sunday, Europol, the pan-EU crime-fighting agency, stated that the first wave of cyber-attack has hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries so far. Various investigations predict that over 1.3 mn computer systems are still prone to infection by WannaCry. It is expected that it will take some time to clean up the affected systems and put them back on their feet.
Ransom-takers make Classic Move through WannaCry
In the similar manner how most ransomware work, WannaCry encrypts data on computers and spreads itself automatically to other networked computers and demands bitcoin payment of US$300 to US$600 to restore access. Security researchers have observed several victims following the command, though they could not estimate the percent that had given in to ransom-takers. It is believed that those organizations or individuals using older versions of Windows, such as Windows XP, are at the greater risk.
Hospitals in England Join Group of Victims
The National Health Service (NHS) has pegged that several hospitals in England have been affected by the large-scale cyber-attack. The attack has left the government in a great dilemma as lives could be at stake due to disruption in hospitals. Hospitals that have been victimized are postponing all their non-urgent activities and are asking people not to come to accident and emergency (A&E). Instead, they are urging people to dial 111 for any sort of urgent medical advice or 999 in a case of a life-threatening emergency.