Dubbed WannaCry, the latest ransomware cyber attack has put all countries into deep fear after it affected lacs of systems worldwide on Friday. Although the source is unknown, some techies stated that all this could be an outcome of some phishing scam. In response to it, latest evidence indicates that the phishing emails not to blame for global cyber attack.
The hack that wreaked havoc at a number of NHS trusts and affected more than 2 lacs computers from 15 countries is not because of any phishing emails. Security experts have claimed that the virus broke through suspicious emails. According to their statements, the systems were vulnerable to the bug despite how alert the users were. Experts also said that unless the IT sectors fixed the virus and backed up all the data, they too could be a victim of the global cyber attack.
The NHS trusts that were affected were harshly criticized for not working on the patch regardless of the warnings given by NHS Digital a month back, claiming that they were open to a possible cyber attack. As a result of ignorance, 7 out of 47 NHS trusts are now looking for emergency support. Given that, it seems sensible that phishing emails not to blame for global cyber attack.
Putin said in a statement that the malware created by intelligent agencies these days can also backfire on them. He further added that it’s kind of duty of global leaders to discuss cyber security at a “serious political level”. He also told that the US has denied from signing a cyber security agreement with Russia and blames the country for the cyber attack.
Though there hasn’t been any incident of a second wave of the ‘WannaCry” ransomware anywhere, the authorities feel that the risk is still around. If occurs, another wave of the ransomware could possibly hit more systems. Neither Russia has anything to do with the hack nor should phishing emails be blamed for the same. The virus spread from unknown sources and authorities are still working on it.
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For those who don’t know, WannaCry ransomware locks up computers and then demands $360 (£230) in Bitcoin. Till date, around £33,000 has been paid in ransoms, according to Bitcoin wallets.
Microsoft also slammed the US government and the spy agency of the country that originally developed the software. Phishing emails not to blame for global cyber attack as it’s the ransomware developed by US spy agency that allowed it to infect computers. Named “Eternal Blue” tool which has been developed by the National Security Agency was dumped onto the public internet by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers. The ransomware was later used by some anonymous cyber-criminals to affect systems on Friday.
Microsoft has released a patch on the weekend that defends even older Windows versions against it. The Hot topic of discussion right now is that security researchers are still finding out what brought it and it is most likely that phishing emails not to blame for global cyber attack, at least.