Ransomware WannaCry to attack Indian banking system soon

The hack attack went global quickly by exploiting the hacking tools engineered by the USA spy agency, NSA.

Europol said a special task force at its European Cybercrime Centre was "specially created to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation".

But experts and government alike warn against ceding to the hackers' demands.

Vernick said businesses that failed to update their software could face scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has previously sued companies for misrepresenting their data privacy measures.

"It only guarantees that the malicious actors receive the victim's money, and in some cases, their banking information".

The attack on the British National Health Service that affected 16 hospitals became the most visible and frightening symbol of the attack, after several patients were sent to other hospitals and surgeries were canceled.

According to the company, "customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March. We haven't seen anything like this since Conficker in 2008", Amit Nath, Head of Asia Pacific-Corporate Business at cyber security firm F-Secure Corporation, told IANS. He said the situation was under control.

The indiscriminate attack struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide Friday by exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russian Federation - which has been accused of cyber meddling in several countries - had nothing to do with the massive cyberattack, and criticized the USA intelligence community for creating the original software.

When asked if the government ignored warnings that the NHS could be vulnerable to cyber attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May told Sky News that the United Kingdom healthcare system was given ample warning about the risks posed by out-dated systems.

Quick Heal Technologies has "detected over 48,000 MS-17- 010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for "WannaCry ransomware" outbreak in India", it said in a statement.

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Around a fifth of NHS trusts were hit in the attack, forcing them to postpone operations and procedures over the weekend.

NHS Digital said it had made health trusts aware last month of IT protection that could have prevented the damage.

Only 26 per cent of respondents said they have the ability to provide a report of "who has access to what" within 24 hours - lower than the 33 per cent global average.

Universities in the USA dodged the initial wave of a massive cyberattack that, among other disruptions, paralyzed hospitals in Britain, shut down telecommunications services in Spain and brought a temporary halt to Renault's production line in France.

Kaspersky said it was seeking to develop a decryption tool "as soon as possible".

A number of variants were spotted by different cyber security researchers.

At NHS Western Isles, the radiology system has been affected and while it has had no impact on the care delivered locally, a spokesperson said it has affected their ability to share images with mainland Boards.

"One of the rules in Russia is that Russian criminals are not allowed to hack Russian targets", Lewis said. "Now I should probably sleep".

"People always say that Jeremy Corbyn is not leadership material, but he is the only one who has been saying we need to worry about cyber attacks".

G7 finance ministers meeting in Italy vowed to unite against cyber crime, as it represented a growing threat to their economies and should be tackled as a priority.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

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