The war is on in the global cyber world! With over 250K systems now infected with the ransomware known as ‘WannaCry’ covering the world, with especially the UK now girding its loins for a tough Monday, May the 15th!
According to an article in The Telegraph, a UK publication, the threat from the cyber attack that crippled international services “will continue to grow” as people return to work on Monday, the head of Europol warned.
The virus, (which was stopped this time by a 22 year old computer genius), is anything but over. According him, ‘a further attack is likely’ and he stressed that ‘it’s very important that people patch their systems now.’ [Microsoft has a patch you can download].
The anti-hacker also stated that, “We have stopped this one, but there will be another one coming and it will not be stoppable by us.” He also admonished, “There’s a lot of money in this. There’s no reason for them to stop. It’s not really much effort for them to change the code and then start over.”
Some experts now fear this latest coordinated attack which hit over 90 countries world wide, may only be the tip of the iceberg. In many ways, the individuals responsible are not unlike ISIS. They both are on missions to destroy entire countries. One side does this for religious reasons, while the side is in it for the money. Either way, the damage they are doing could be beyond horrific.
In a rare step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8—all of them operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support.
Users can download and find more information about the patches in Microsoft’s blog post about Friday’s attack from the WannaCry ransomware.
Does anyone remember 911, and how surprised we all were that some simple minded people who were also radicalized could use a few planes to bring us down? Now, consider a cyber attack followed up with a strike at our electrical grid. It wouldn’t even have to be particularity effective to throw millions into a panic…. Next day, a new Dark age.
Meanwhile, we all sit staring at our TV’s, cellphones and computers like mindless lemmings…. Please forgive my misspellings and other omissions. My system has been under almost constant attack for two days now…