Beware: Worldwide Ransomware Attack May Be Far from Over

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the U.K.to Russia, Brazil and the US were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system. But now it saves your system from further attacks, so it is the high time to head to the Control Panel in Windows and turn on the notifications. "There have been isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh", said Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, adding that the government has formed a cyber coordination centre which would start operating from June to take precautions against cyber-attacks in future.

If you can't find it there then you need to switch to a better antivirus software, we recommend two free options - Cybereason Ransomfree and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware. Industry experts said the UAE was lease affected because the ransomware attack peaked on a non-working day in the country.

According to Microsoft, the affected computers did not have security patches. The attack spread automatically once on the NHS network, locking up systems and making their files inaccessible - while demanding a $300 per computer ransom to unlock the systems.

While it's not clear what could have possibly prompted organisations to under-report the impact of WannaCry ransomware, this could well be a cost saving measure, but at the expense of data security. This is possibly the biggest virus attack. The cyber-attackers who unleashed it, as yet unknown, have essentially used chinks in Microsoft's outdated software to remotely gain access to computers of unsuspecting users so as to lock them out of their files. The software piracy rate globally in the same year was 39 percent with a commercial value of $52.24 billion.

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The WannaCry campaign has claimed 200,000 victims across 150 countries worldwide so far and it has targeted private companies and public organizations and has actually endangered the lives of people.

The ransomware, identified as a malicious program called "WannaCrypt", demanded Bitcoin payments to unlock infected systems.

"The NCSC has been working around round the clock with numerous partners, including the National Crime Agency, NHS Digital UK and global partners, to respond to this cyber attack".

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