Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what happened

A global cyber-attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in almost 100 countries, disrupting Britain's health system and global shipper FedEx.

Experts fear the situation could further aggravate as a number of computers in India run on the older operating systems and have not been updated yet. Microsoft did release a patch for the vulnerability in March. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage.

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Some hospitals still asked patients on Monday to seek treatment only for life-threatening emergencies. Most of the attacks have targeted Russian Federation.

The National Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure says Friday it was communicating with more than 100 providers of energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services about the attack even if basic services had not suffered any disruption.

Hospitals in London, North West England and Central England have all been affected, according to the BBC.

Forcepoint said in a statement that the attack had "global scope", affecting organisations in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico.

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The attack held users hostage by freezing their computers, popping up a red screen with the words, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and demanding money through online bitcoin payment — $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. There's Microsoft, whose ubiquitous Windows operating systems were compromised after attackers exploited a security hole.

Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich countries were to commit on Saturday to joining forces to fight the growing threat of global cyber attacks, according to a draft statement of a meeting they are holding in Italy."Appropriate economy-wide policy responses are needed", the ministers said in their draft statement, seen by Reuters. Those who are running our free antivirus software and have Windows Update enabled, are protected. Deutsche Bahn said it deployed extra staff to busy stations to provide customer information, and recommended that passengers check its website or app for information on their connections. However, officials and security firms said the spread was starting to slow.

"We are now seeing more than 75,000 detections.in 99 countries", Jakub Kroustek of the security firm Avast said in a blog post.

"Today, it happened to 10,000 computers", Eisen said. But Microsoft has "been in a worse state in the past". It spreads from computer for computer as it finds exposed targets, without the user having to open an e-mail attachment or click a link as is commonplace in most attacks.

Thousands of computers have recently been affected by the vicious WannaCry and WannaCrypt malware. Japan's National Police Agency reported two breaches of computers in the country on Sunday - one at a hospital and the other case involving a private person - but no loss of funds.

The effects were felt across the globe, with Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the US and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions.