Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

  • Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

Australia and New Zealand largely escape global cyber attack

The attack has hit at least 150 countries since Friday and infected 200,000 machines, according to the European law enforcement agency Europol.

Given the attack's widespread nature, even such a small sum would stack up quickly, though few victims seem to be paying up so far.

Security experts have warned that another attack is imminent, most likely on Monday, and could be unstoppable.

Over the weekend, a malicious global cyber attack which locks computers and holds users' files for ransom, hit over 75 countries, with one Australian company so far likely to be one of those targeted.

Cancer treatments have had to be delayed and staff have been working overtime to clear a backlog at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, bosses have revealed, as a result of the cyber attacks on Friday.

Britain's state-run National Health Service was affected by the attack.

The biggest ever ransomware attacks that started on Friday have wrecked havoc across globe, crippling computers and demanding hundreds of dollars from the users before they could regain control.

When asked if the government ignored warnings that the NHS could be vulnerable to cyber attacks, Prime Minister Theresa May told Sky News that the United Kingdom healthcare system was given ample warning about the risks posed by out-dated systems.

"It might be sitting on many computers in sectors, in companies over the weekend and when they're switched on again Monday morning we might see the infection rates going back up", Europol Director Rob Wainwright said.

Dreyfus said everyone that uses a laptop has to make sure that system is fully patched.

A British cyber expert was hailed an "accidental hero" after he registered a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the virus, which exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software.

In China, hundreds of thousands of computers at almost 30,000 institutions and organisations were infected by late Saturday, internet firm 360 Security said.

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust statement said that emergency services were continuing as normal and any patient with an appointment should attend as expected, unless specifically contacted by the hospital.

Account addresses hardcoded into the WannaCry software code showed the attackers received $32,500 in anonymous bitcoin till Sunday, but that amount could rise as more victims rush to pay ransoms of $300 or more just one day before the deadline expires.

The Seattle-based tech giant issued guidance for people to protect their systems, while taking the highly unusual step of reissuing security patches first made available in March for Windows XP and other older versions of its operating system.