French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files

French researchers find last-ditch cure to unlock WannaCry files

The recent "WannaCry" attack was made possible by a flaw in the 15-year-old Windows XP operating system.

A Microsoft spokesman reached Sunday said the company had no comment.

Security experts believe the malware that spurred this global attack, called WannaCry, may have initially infected machines by getting people to download it through email.

Fortunately, there was some good news in the midst of all this when a 22-year-old cyber security researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, unintentionally discovered a "kill switch" that halted the unprecedented outbreak, something that may have saved companies and governments millions of dollars, slowing the outbreak before computers were more widely affected. Once there, the virus can spread to other systems more easily.

Over the last few days, the ransomware attack affected numerous computers in the state, including those installed at around 35 customer care centres of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) in areas such as South Dinajpur, East Midnapore, West Midnapore and Birbhum. The tool was one of many linked to the NSA that were leaked online a year ago, then finally decrypted in April for use by anyone with the requisite coding skills.

Ron Kubera has more than 25 years of supply chain industry experience, including leadership roles in delivering consulting and implementation services to CPG companies, industrial manufacturers, and other distribution-intensive companies.

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A decade-old form of malicious software known as ransomware has been making headlines after cybercriminals hijacked hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

However, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, told members of the media that the infection rates have "slowed over the weekend" since WannaCry started in the United Kingdom on Friday and quickly spread to the rest of the globe. On Thursday, French computer-security researcher Adrien Guinet found a way to unscramble the files without paying the $300 ransom. Companies needing to restore their operations right away likely would have turned to backups, if available, by now.

With more than 300,000 computers worldwide compromised by the WannaCry ransomware in at least 150 countries, including the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, Monday was expected to be a day of reckoning for US healthcare organizations facing the file-encrypting malware.

High-profiles attacks like WannaCry "drive the market", Ilex International president Laurent Gautier told AFP.

"The same things are causing the same problems".

"We haven't seen many organisations fall over and that's because they did some of the security basics", he said. "That's what the data shows", MWR research head Pratley said.

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