US is blaming North Korea for deploying the WannaCry ransomware worldwide, crippling services across the world
The US government has assessed with a “very high level of confidence” that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack, said an official.
On August 17, The Indian Express had reported the case after it was found that the cyber attack was a new variant of the WannaCry ransomware attack. Sources had claimed more than 200 computers at the publishing house were locked out by the .loc extension.
WannaCry cyber attack hero Marcus Hutchins has been arrested by the FBI for his role in creating and spreading a malware named Kronos malware. According to the indictment charges, Hutchins is accused of creating and updating the malware, which targeted bank websites.
The three Bitcoin wallets that are linked to the WannaCry malware, which hit hundreds of thousands of networks using Microsoft Corp’s operating system in 150 countries, were emptied out earlier this morning, analysts have confirmed.
Self-taught computer-security researcher Marcus Hutchins credited with stopping a devastating cyberattack that crippled British hospitals in May was arrested on charges that he created malware used to hack banking systems in Canada and Europe, the US said.
WannaCry infected hundreds of thousands of computers and caused disruptions at car factories, hospitals, shops and schools in more than 150 countries.
The 23-year-old who saved the world from a devastating cyberattack in May- Marcus Hutchins, was asleep in his bed in the English seaside town of Ilfracombe last week after a night of partying when another online extortion campaign spread across the globe.
Petya ransomware cyberattack:According to a cyber security firm it is possible to prevent files being infected by Petya by creating a read-only file under C:\Windows\ using the name “perfc”.
Russia’s Rosneft, one of the world’s biggest crude producers by volume, said its systems had suffered “serious consequences,” but added oil production had not been affected because it switched over to backup systems.
Honda discovered on Sunday that the virus had affected networks across Japan, North America, Europe, China and other regions, a spokeswoman said
Microsoft has released security updates for its out-of-support but still widely popular Windows XP operating system, in a bid to prevent another cyber attack similar to WannaCry ransomware, which crippled the cyber world last month.
The new threat called “Fireball” is designed to hijack browsers to change the default search engine and track their web traffic on behalf of Beijing-based digital marketing firm called Rafotech, the malware also has the ability to download new malicious files.
With the dust now settling after “WannaCry”, the biggest ransomware attack in history, cybersecurity experts are taking a deep dive into how it was carried out, what can be done to protect computers from future breaches and, trickiest of all, who is really to blame.
Cybercrime would also seem to be extremely attractive to North Korea. It’s hard to trace, can be done on the cheap and, for those who can master the technological expertise, the opportunities seem to be everywhere.