FedEx confirms it hit by malware attack
Only servers that weren’t updated after March 14 with the MS17-010 patch were affected; this patch resolved an exploit known as ExternalBlue, once a closely guarded secret of the National Security Agent, which was leaked last month by ShadowBrokers, a hacker group that first revealed itself last winter.
The statement said there were thousands of cyberattacks daily “and Romania is no exception”.
May says there is no evidence that patient data has been compromised.
Telecommunications company Telefonica TEF.MC was among many targets in Spain, though it said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services. The NSA and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Andrea Zapparoli Manzoni, a senior manager in the Information Risk Management division of Kpmg Advisory in Italy, said: “The ransomware attack is happening in a haphazard fashion and is hitting every country in the world, including Italy”.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called it “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history”.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “Basically, two GP practices were affected”.
A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible.
Britain’s national health service fell victim, its hospitals forced to close wards and emergency rooms and turn away patients.
“Seeing a large telco like Telefonica get hit is going to get everybody anxious”.
The global cyberattack that has hampered almost 50,000 computers across Europe and Asia – including England’s national heath provider – has also struck major companies including FedEx and the Spanish telecom giant Telefónica. Last year, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid $17,000 to unlock files after an attack crippled a large portion of its computer systems.
“The majority of ransomware is from phishing attacks, whether that’s a receptionist or a doctor on a smartphone”, said Emily Orton, founder of British cybersecurity company Darktrace.
“Although the issue has now been addressed by Microsoft, the serious vulnerability revealed in Windows’s built-in security service, Windows Defender, highlights the dangers of a monocultural approach to digital security”.
While the total number of affected machines is not known, up to 28 NHS organizations across England have been hampered, according to the BBC.
“This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors”. NHS Digital says 16 NHS organizations report being hit.
Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 worth of the online currency Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”
Hospitals in London, northwest England and other parts of the country reported problems with their computer systems Friday. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible”, it said in a statement.
Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS Incident Director, said: “We’d like to reassure patients that if they need the NHS and it’s an emergency that they should visit A&E or access emergency services in the same way as they normally would and staff will ensure they get the care they need”.
Bart’s Health, which runs several London hospitals, said it had activated its major incident plan, cancelling routine appointments and diverting ambulances to neighboring hospitals.