Global Cyber Attack Synchronized, Ransonware-Driven

by TeachThought News

3 Things You Need To Know About The Attack

1. On Friday, a massive and coordinated cyberattack hit computers systems around the world, and by Friday evening had affected at least 74 countries with ‘ransomware.’

The ransomware programs, known as WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor, exploited vulernabilities in the Windows operating system for which a patch was issued March 14.

Ransomware and holds the computer ‘hostage’ until payment is received, often in difficult-to-trace bitcoin. The same approach is used by hackers to take entire websites hostage as well.

2. The reported ransom amount was $300, but increased in amount set apparently on a set schedule if not paid.

3. The New York Times is reporting that the tool used in the attacks is a stolen NSA tool.

‘The connection to the N.S.A. was particularly chilling. Starting last summer, a group calling itself the “Shadow Brokers” began to post software tools that came from the United States government’s stockpile of hacking weapons.

The attacks on Friday appeared to be the first time a cyberweapon developed by the N.S.A., funded by American taxpayers and stolen by an adversary had been unleashed by cybercriminals against patients, hospitals, businesses, governments and ordinary citizens.’

The New York Times has an animated map that shows how the virus spread by the minutemen Friday.

Global Cyber Attack Appeared Synchronized, Ransonware-Driven