States of Jersey 'remain unaffected' by global cyber attack

According to a PTI report, the government has claimed that ransomware has not touched Indian shores, with information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stating there is "no major impact in India". The extortion scheme has created chaos in 150 countries and could wreak even greater havoc as more malicious variations appear.

According to Microsoft, computers affected by the so-called "ransomware" did not have security patches for various Windows versions installed or were running Windows XP, which the company no longer supports.

"We encourage all Dedicated and VPS customers to ensure they have antivirus software; a data backup solution; and regularly update all software, including the operating system, on a regular schedule", Raven concluded.

The ransomware was temporarily blocked after its onslaught on Friday, but reports from several countries showed that the first series of attacks could be a start of more unsafe cyber intrusions. In light of the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks on a few Maharashtra government office computers, the state has come up with helpline numbers for a few days to guide organisations and institutions prevent and remedy such such cyber attacks, if any. The original patch and the emergency patches can be found at: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598. According to a recent report by StatCounter, Windows 7 accounts for almost 60 percent market share for desktop Windows versions in India, followed by Windows 10 with almost 20 percent market share. However, more compromises are expected with the start of the workweek.

Summary: Last Friday, several countries across the globe saw ransomware attacks made by a virus called WannaCry.

With the previous reports, there were predictions of ATMs to be affected.

Officials said that the operating systems are being upgraded from Windows XP to a higher version. WannaCry is a ransomware that feeds on a particular Windows exploit and encrypts user data until they pay up. Two of the more significant ransomware threats in 2016 ("Locky" and "Cerber") were spread via massive email campaigns. So far, the country ranks number 25 worldwide, in terms of ransomware attacks past year, up from number 40 in 2015, although in terms of regional ranking, it was down to number 9 from number 7.

As for Microsoft, some intelligence agency experts questioned its NSA criticism, saying it's unreasonable for the company to ask governments to stop using its products as a way to attack and monitor enemies.

Sadly, there isn't a simple formula for businesses to follow in regards to ransomware.

It's a wakeup call for organizations that are using outdated software, argues Credit Suisse analyst Michael Nemeroff. "Hence, I do not think that machines will be particularly vulnerable to such malware attacks, which encrypt files", said the CEO of an ATM manufacturing company.

Microsoft released a security patch for the vulnerabilities in March.

The devastation was so serious it can seem in the plans of these hackers, as there are hundreds of computer systems were attacked and it got infected by ransomware cyber-attack.

We know that Windows update notifications get in the way of our work, which is why many users disable it on their system.

And most of these services make it easy to find your data in case something is missing too.

"Then it essentially goes through your computer", Staats said. Any type of business, whether based in the United States or overseas, is at risk and potentially vulnerable to an attack.

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