MS Word users to brace for second wave of cyberattack: Experts

Monday 15 May 2017 2 weeks ago 18   New York   Print

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Report  Web desk : NEW YORK: Security experts have warned Microsoft Windows users to brace themselves for probable second wave of the massive global cyberattack that locked up computers across the globe including UK hospital, FedEx, train systems in Germany among other institutions in exchange for payment on Friday. The security experts also fear that the second wave could cause even more trouble this time around. The unprecedented ransomware attack has already resulted in copycat versions of the malicious software have already started to spread. New York Times quoted Matthieu Suiche of the cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies saying “We are in the second wave.” Officials urged companies and organizations to update their Microsoft operating systems immediately to ensure networks aren’t still vulnerable to more powerful variants of the malware which has come to be known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt. WannaCry locks up computers, encrypts their data, and demands large Bitcoin payments, which begin at $300 and rise to $600 before the software destroys files hours later. The cyber criminals, whose identities remains unknown still, also rebounded from the kill switch activation by releasing a second variation of the malware. Cyber security experts advise computer users to update their software often and also change your passwords. 02