Trump calls two meetings on global ransomware attack

On May 12, the Kaspersky Lab company registered about 45,000 ransomware attacks in 74 countries worldwide, with the largest number of targets located in Russian Federation.

Computers across the world were locked up Friday and users' files held for ransom when dozens of countries were hit in a cyber-extortion attack that targeted hospitals, companies and government agencies. "Collective action aboard and with the United States to address this type of attack".

He poured fuel on a long-running debate over how government intelligence services should balance their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyberwarfare - against sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

Paying the ransom will not ensure any fix, said Eiichi Moriya, a cyber security expert and professor at Meiji University.

Over the weekend, Microsoft President Brad Smith blamed a hacking tool stolen from the National Security Agency, and Bossert said he is "absolutely right that this is an urgent call for collective action".

Russian president Vladimir Putin, noting the technology's link to the US spy service, said it should be "discussed immediately on a serious political level".

A Japanese non-profit says computers at 600 locations had been hit in the global "ransomware" cyberattack.

That may be because schools tend to have old computers and be slow about updates of operating systems and security, said Fang Xingdong, founder of ChinaLabs, an internet strategy think tank.

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At least one hospital was affected, according to police.

Global cyber chaos is spreading Monday as companies boot up computers at work following the weekend's worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack.

The program, which was spread through email, would encrypt computer files and then demand the bitcoin equivalent $300 to unlock them.

Just one person in an organization who clicked on an infected attachment or bad link, would lead to all computers in a network becoming infected, said Vikram Thakur, technical director of Symantec Security Response. Included in the attack are brand-name companies like FedEx and Nissan.

Chinese media are reporting that the global "ransomware" virus attacked many university networks in China.

He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was.

Had it not been for a young cybersecurity researcher's accidental discovery of a so-called "kill switch", the malicious software likely would have spread much farther and faster. This one worked because of a "perfect storm" of conditions, including a known and highly risky security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware created to spread quickly once inside university, business or government networks.

  • Douglas Reid