More victims expected in unprecedented cyberattack as users log on Monday

May 15, 2017

CyberAttackAn unprecedented global “ransomware” attack that hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries spread to thousands more computers Monday as people returned to work and logged in for the first time since the massive online assault began.

The attack that began Friday is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, spreading chaos by locking computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and scores of other companies, factories and government agencies worldwide.

A BBC analysis determined about $38,000 had already been paid to those behind the attacks, however, that figure could climb exponentially as users log on Monday and those already infected give in to rising demands.

Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, told Sky News that it was now important that IT departments checked their systems on Monday morning to ensure they had not been compromised.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • metheoldsarge says:

    This just proves that any
    system is vulnerable regardless of the safeguards. We have become
    too dependent on out computer and electronic systems. Those in the
    younger generations depend on our electronic devices for our jobs or
    as a source of mindless entertainment. Too many of us will be lost
    without them

    Anyone with the right
    technical knowledge can go to any electronics or computer store and
    buy the components they need to be able to hack any system.
    Everything we use has been designed, made, assembled, programed and
    operated by human beings. Humans also design the security measures
    which now only gives a false sense of security. If mountains and
    oceans can be overcome, anything made by humans can be overcome.

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