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WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack: Why Indian banks, ATMs remain unaffected by malware?

WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack: Why Indian banks, ATMs remain unaffected by malware?

The total amount of money paid to the anonymous bitcoin wallets used by hackers was only $55,169 from 209 payments, according to Reuters based on its estimates using publicly available data.

Once WannaCry has penetrated an organisation, it will hunt down vulnerable machines and infect them as well.

The malware behind WannaCry was nicked from the NSA in April.

Ahead of the attack, Microsoft released a security update that fixes the exploited flaw on now supported Windows operating systems. So, they analyze weaknesses in your operating system's code and keep a figurative vault of ways to hack into computers, like how the CDC stores real viruses.

He stressed that consumers also have a pivotal role and must not be complacent.

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Europol estimates that the ransomware had hit more than 200,000 victims across 150 countries. Among the organizations hit were FedEx in the United States, the Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, the French automaker Renault, Nissan's UK auto plant, universities in China, Germany's Deutsche Bahn federal railway system.

Even as word was still spreading Friday that computers at dozens of hospitals in the United Kingdom were being maliciously locked down, and a notice demanding ransom posted on their screens, an anonymous researcher known as MalwareTech was in the process of shutting down further spread of the program. You can also specify the schedule that Windows follows to install updates on your computer.

A top Microsoft exec criticized at the USA and other governments who hoard software exploits in the wake of the massive global infection by WannaCry ransomware as the company struggled to deal with the fallout from the hundreds of thousands of unpatched computers affected, for the first time offering free patches for older software products it long ago stopped supporting.

"I'd even say this update probably already happened", he added. And there are plenty of reasons, not the least of which, the DOJ says, is that criminals have targeted previous victims hoping they'll pay again. "Many of these same folks are running systems with outdated operating system versions".

Smith also noted that Microsoft had issued a patch for the vulnerability in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol exploited by WannaCry on March 14. Note this means that the backup can't be on your computer but should be in the cloud or on an external hard drive.

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The hackers remain anonymous for now, but it appears that they are amateurs.

Security experts have speculated that the ransomware, which works by exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows, came from a cache of hacking tools allegedly stolen from the NSA by hacker group Shadow Brokers.

An analysis of 160,000 internet-connected computers infected with WannaCry suggest 67 percent were running Windows 7 without the latest security updates, Reuters reported citing BitSight's findings.

Bossert said he expected the number of people affected would rise as more workers logged into their work computers today.

"Hopefully people are learning how important it is to apply these patches", said Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer for cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, who helped stem the reach of the weekend attack.

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