Ransomware spreads globally, infects computers in over 74 nations

A spokesman said: "Like many organisations around the world, some Nissan entities were recently targeted by a ransomware attack".

Scottish health secretary Shona Robison said: "Scottish Government health officials are now working closely with affected boards to assess the extent of the problem, and take steps to isolate affected systems, which have been affected by a ransomware cyber-attack of the kind which has also affected health trusts in NHS England".

Europol said a special task force at its European Cybercrime Centre was "specially created to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation".

In the US, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team, or CERT, says it has "received multiple reports of ransomware infections in several countries around the world".

Hackers encrypted those files, rendering them unreadable. But it appears to be "low-level" stuff, Eisen said Saturday, given the amount of ransom demanded - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. The ICERT the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team said that around 100 computers are known to be affected so far and the agency was continuously monitoring the damage.

The most important advisory by the CERT-In stated "individuals or organisations are not encouraged to pay the ransom as this does not guarantee files will be released".

IT experts are rushing to fix the computer systems of around 40 NHS trusts and several GP practices in England and Scotland that were hit by a cyber attack yesterday.

"We routinely provide cybersecurity assistance upon request, including technical analysis and support", McConnell says. Microsoft released a patch to fix the problem in March, but computer systems that did not install the update remain vulnerable. A majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.

Cyberint, subordinated to the Romanian Intelligence Service, said Friday it thwarted a cyberattack to a government institution, without saying when it occurred, following notification from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Romanian foreign intelligence agency.

In the United States, FedEx was hit. Both said Russian Federation was hit hardest.

There was also the theft of £63m from Bangladesh Bank by hackers who were able to use Dridex malware to exploit its Swift electronic payment system.

Germany's national railway said Saturday that departure and arrival display screens at its stations were affected, but there was no impact on actual train services.

Lanarkshire NHS was the worst hit board.

The security holes it exploits were disclosed weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that published what it said are hacking tools used by the NSA.

Fraudsters have also used viruses to spy on people through the cameras in their computers and drain money from their bank accounts.

"The ransomware also spreads through malicious attachments to emails", it said.

Computer users worldwide - and everyone else who depends on them - should assume that the next big "ransomware" attack has already been launched, and just hasn't manifested itself yet, Ori Eisen, who founded the Trusona cybersecurity firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, told The Associated Press.

"If you have anything to patch, patch it", the researcher said in a blog post.

"You've probably read about the WannaCrypt fiasco on several news sites, but I figured I'd tell my story", he says.

The incident is the "sort of thing for which the secretary of state should get roasted in the Parliament", Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University's computer lab, said.

G7 finance ministers meeting in Italy vowed to unite against cyber crime, as it represented a growing threat to their economies and should be tackled as a priority.

  • Carolyn Briggs