International Cyber Attack-USA, UK and Dozens of Countries Suffering
International Cyber Attack-USA, UK and Dozens of Countries Suffering. US and UK authorities warned on Friday (May 12th) that a wave of simultaneous cyber attacks has hit dozens of countries around the world, using random software, and advised against paying hackers.
These apparently exploited a flaw in Windows systems, leaked into pirated documents from the US security agency NSA.
“Today we have witnessed a series of cyber attacks against thousands of organizations and individuals in dozens of countries,” the British Cybersecurity Agency (NCSC) said in a statement.
— NCSC UK (@ncsc) May 12, 2017
We have received multiple reports of infection by ransom software, “wrote the US Department of Homeland Security in a statement.” Individuals and organizations are encouraged not to pay the ransom because this does not guarantee that access to the data will be restored “.
This wave of “worldwide” computer attacks is a source of concern for security experts. The software locks the users’ files and forces them to pay a sum of money in the form of bitcoins to recover its use.