The Biggest Cyber Attack in History
A wave of “unprecedented” cyber attacks by European police has targeted hundreds of countries on Saturday, May 13, 2017, affecting the work of several institutions and organizations, including hospitals in Britain, Renault Group of French cars and the Russian banking system.
From Russia to Spain and from Mexico to Vietnam, tens of thousands of computers, especially in Europe, took over the ransom program, exploiting a gap in Windows operating systems revealed in secret documents of the National Security Agency (NSA). French police announced on Saturday that a wave of computer attacks that hit dozens of countries on Friday had “more than 75 thousand” computers in the world so far.
“It is the result of the number of computers that have been attacked and are still temporary and will likely rise in the coming days,” Valery Maldonado, the head of the IT crime department, told AFP.
An Internet security researcher told AFP that he found a way to slow the spread of the virus. But experts cautioned on Saturday afternoon about the pace of the spread of the virus.
“We do not yet know whether the threat has declined or not, we are still studying the matter,” McAfee security expert Laurent Marshall told AFP. Some wonder what has actually happened since Friday.
Malicious software has infiltrated tens of thousands of computers in homes, companies and government agencies, causing encryption and blocking access to content until users pay $ 300 to $ 600 in virtual currency.
Some 100 States have been attacked. In the light of the existence of defense systems in most electronic devices, it seems strange when hackers attack large-scale computers giant in the institutions of the countries is considered industrially advanced. How can pirates hack operating systems and access the contents of different devices?
Internet hackers seem to be taking advantage of weaknesses in the world’s most widely used operating system, Microsoft Windows.
The company’s computer software released a patch in March to fix a security flaw, but computers that did not run the update were vulnerable to the attack. Malicious software closes the files of the intended users and forces them to pay a sum of money in the form of PeteChoetz for re-opening.
The UK National Health Authority (NHS), which has been using the Windows XP operating system for 15 years, has been one of the most prominent organizations. It is worth noting that the operating system “XP” is very old and Microsoft is no longer issuing free software to update it.
The company said on Saturday it was reviewing the policy. The electronic weapon used in that attack is one of the hidden and harmful electronic programs called “Wana Decryptor” or “Wanakrai”. The program infiltrates the computer through electronic links and attachments in spam emails.
According to e-security experts, unknown hackers have benefited from stolen tools from the US National Security Agency. Parts of the agency’s “cyber arsenal” or electronic/complex arsenal have been leaked online in recent months.
The main and most worrying victim seems to be endangering patients’ lives. The UK’s public health service (NHS) was the fifth in terms of staff with 1.7 million people. But NHS was not the only one.
The French Renault group said on Saturday it had been attacked and that it had stopped working at manufacturing sites in France and also at the company’s subsidiary, Rivers in Slovenia. A spokeswoman for Nissan told AFP that Britain’s Sunderland plant was also targeted.
The central bank said on Saturday that the banking system in the country and a number of ministries targeted an intense electronic attack, while hackers tried to penetrate the information facilities of the railway network.
The electronic plates of the German train stations for piracy and the publication of a large number of German travelers pictures of the banners and are required to pay ransom instead of the dates of departure and arrival. However, the state rail company “Deutsche Bahn” confirmed that it did not get confused on the major lines.
“The attack is of an unprecedented magnitude,” security expert Farm Badhwar said, adding that Sky News gave an idea of what would be an “end-of-the-world cyber attack.”
“Despite the media hype, the ransom program did not have much of a real impact,” he said on Saturday. “It is possible, on the PeteCueen website, to note that the number of transactions Few”.
He added that the latest census pointed to the payment of “six thousand dollars only” of the pirates. The US, British and French authorities have recommended individuals, institutions and organizations to break into piracy.
“Unlike regular viruses, this virus is transmitted from one computer to another via local servers. Not electronic addresses,” said Lance Cottrell, scientific director of the US-based InterBed. “This program can be transmitted without anyone opening an email or clicking on a link, “He said.
In a tweet, Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency official who disclosed in 2013 that the agency had carried out large-scale surveillance of the agency “if SA had discussed this gap used to attack hospitals when” detecting “them, what’s happening”