Hackers have adapted another NSA cyber weapon, EsteemAudit

Hackers have adapted another NSA cyber weapon, EsteemAudit

The government's cyber security arm has asked the central bank, stock exchanges, the National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI) and other vital institutions to safeguard their systems against the latest cyber attack that has infected thousands of systems globally and may escalate further.

There are the companies, universities, hospitals and other organizations that didn't install Microsoft's fixes and take other precautions, such as backing up data.

Ransomware is malware that encrypts important files, essentially locking people out of their computers unless they pay up to prevent their entire system from being deleted.

Be aware and have a security-minded approach when using any computer.

Avivah Litan, a cybersecurity analyst at Gartner, agreed that the government is "is negligent not doing a better job protecting companies", but added that it's not like "you can stop the US government from developing cybertools" that then work as intended. "We are expecting it and have informed the banks since most of our ATMs run on the windows operating system which is the operating system affected by WannaCry", Subhamangala added.

The Windows vulnerability theft from the NSA is directly tied to WannaCry. The working theory right now is that this ransomware was based off of the "EternalBlue" exploit, which was developed by the U.S. National Security Agency and leaked by the Shadowbrokers on April 14, 2017.

"There is a lack of transparency in India, in-spite of a mandatory requirement for banks and listed companies to disclose cyber-attack, however, very few banks and companies do that", Tushar Ajinkya, Partner, DSK Legal, told ET. Cyber security experts said the malware could spread through computers running unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows.

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In fact it is imperative that countries and security agencies around the world work together to better fight cyber crime and other cyber threats as China emphasised in a cyberspace plan of action released in March. Several security holes are fixed before they can be exploited.

The government has long acknowledged the need to update its old IT systems. Multiple backups also help.

If you have a recent backup, restore from it: Ransomware is worthless to a hacker if a user has a backup.

"It's not rocket science", Litan said.

However, it turns out there are tons and tons of computers still running outdated version of Windows, and tons and tons of people who procrastinate about annoying software updates - or don't even know how to do them. WannaCry needs only one computer on a given local area network to be infected, following which it automatically spreads the Trojan to all linked computers.

A ransomware called WannaCry held hostage a record 2,00,000 systems worldwide by May 15 - the fourth day in a series of online attacks - in what has been dubbed as the largest such cyber assault of its kind. The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about United States dollars 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device. If they caught, that is.

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