Massive Cyberattack Targeting 99 Countries Causes Extensive Chaos

Major companies and businesses have been hit by massive cyberattack across the globe. Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified 75,000+ ransomware attacks in 99 countries. Online chaos affected thousands of machines globally. Major cyberattacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan badly.

The ransomware attack locks people out of their computer files until they pay a ransom to the hackers. Rob Wainwright, the head of the European Union’s law enforcement agency Europol said “It’s still a live threat and we are in disaster mode”. The ransomware attack requires international investigation.Organizations are trying to recover after being hit by a virus that seeks to grab control of computers.

Microsoft said that it had taken further steps to protect systems against the malware. In March, Microsoft provided a security update which offers additional protection against the cyberattack. Those who are running their free anti-virus software and have Windows Update enabled are protected from this severe ransomware attack.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the cyberattack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity. The organization should learn lessons from the banking industry as it is appeared to be least affected due to the global ransomware attack. Security agencies have not been able to identify who was behind the attack yet. Ransomware attacks are generally criminal in nature and have caused massive disruption all around the world.

Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the U.K. were badly hit and a few hospitals too. A large number of colleges and students in China had been affected by the ransomware. Even the digital payment systems at some gas stations were offline and it forced customers to pay cash.

U.K. defense secretary Michael Fallon said that Britain’s nuclear submarines were safe from cyberattack. Matthew Hickey, founder of the security firm Hacker House said that the attack shows many organizations do not follow cybersecurity updates in a timely manner.Protect your systems with our cybersecurity solutions!