Bitdefender blocks WannaCry ransomware attack

Kaspersky has listed Vietnam among the top 20 countries most affected by this ransomware; the other countries and territories include Russia, Ukraine, India, Taiwan, and mainland China.

The most recent ransomware attack occurred this past Friday and continues into this week.

Trustlook, a next-generation cybersecurity company, has released a free scanner and vaccine toolkit to help protect Windows computers that are either vulnerable to, or have been infected with, the risky strain of ransomware known as WannaCry.

Microsoft blamed the US National Security Agency (NSA), from which crucial information regarding flaws in various global software systems was stolen in April.

Users who do not patch their systems and the Shadow Brokers were more directly responsible for the attack than NSA, they said.

Above-mentioned units are asked to closely watch out and prevent WannaCry from connecting to the servers as well as update the protection systems such as IDS/IPS, Firewall.

Smith said that Microsoft proposed in February a new "Digital Geneva Convention" that would include a new requirement for governments to report software vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell or exploit them.

Since the beginning of the attack, WannaCry has already caused massive disruption around the globe. To protect important files and computers from ransomware, a few steps can be taken.

Auto maker Nissan, which saw its systems being impacted globally, said the Renault-Nissan alliance plant in Chennai came under attack but its India team has responded and there is no major impact on business. "It all boils down to good operational practices", he said.

"The Indian IT industry should be better placed than others (in handling the situation)".

"We don't expect this to be a sophisticated group", said Wellsmore.

According to various reports, this attack avenue has been developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States as a cyber-weapon and it was leaked to the public earlier in April along with other classified data allegedly stolen from the agency.

Microsoft had released a patch for the vulnerability earlier this year, but many systems that had not installed the updates were hit. "What we have seen now is only the tip of the iceberg", the officer cautioned.

Meanwhile, IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the IT Ministry along with CERT-In is closely monitoring the situation and reiterated that no large scale incidents were reported in public and private sectors.

Although the announcement was "too late to contain the WannaCry outbreak", the report said.

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