Are you protected? How to avoid ransomware attacks

"Small business owners should be pro-active about their cyber security in the wake of this ransomware campaign affecting computers around the world", Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said in an after hours statement.

Since then, security experts discovered the ransomware infected more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. A source familiar with the matter said equities meetings still take place but less frequently than they did under the Obama administration.

Smith also urged Windows users to protect themselves against increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals by updating their systems, suggesting that "this attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers".

Security experts said a second wave of the attack could affect employees across the globe again, starting Monday and even spilling into the rest of the week.

The government today said there was no serious impact on the country from a global ransomware cyberattack, except for a few isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, and steps were being taken to deal with any future threat. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

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The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack. "It seems that a lot of Internet security guys over the weekend did their homework and ran the security software updates", Oorth told the AFP. An unknown group worldwide targeting the vulnerabilities in the Microsoft windows operating system launched a ransomware known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry.

China bore the brunt of the breaches in the region, with state media reporting that about 40,000 institutions there had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

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"The numbers are going up, I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn (on) their machines on Monday morning", Europol Director Rob Wainwright said.

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", wrote Smith in a blog post on Sunday.

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Lastly there are, of course, the attackers, who kidnapped precious data and demanded ransom be paid.

Energy giant PetroChina said payment systems at some of its petrol stations were hit, although it had been able to restore most of the systems.

Bitcoin, the world's most-used virtual currency, allows anonymous transactions via heavily encrypted codes.

"The operating systems on our computers and software downloads are managed centrally so that regular users can not download executable files from the internet without administrative rights", he said in an email.

What is "WannaCry" and how does the ransomware work?

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