Cyber attack shuts down Aussie businesses

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Cyber attack shuts down Aussie businesses

"At this stage we haven't seen the impact that they have seen in the United Kingdom, for example", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Major companies that includes sixteen National Health Service organsisations in the U.K. FedEx, telecom companies Telefonica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation were also hit.

Just this Friday, the NHS experienced what is now being called a "ransomware attack", with the cyber security breach causing 16 out of 47 trusts to face issues. Nonetheless, officials and security firms seemed optimistic, telling news outlets that the spread was starting to slow. The researcher, tweeting as @MalwareTechBlog, said the discovery was accidental, but that registering a domain name used by the malware stops it from spreading. It is unfortunate that the chaos, confusion and damage that follows a cyber breach is often the motivating factor in adequately equipping computers and personal devices. However @MalwareTechBlog warned that the "crisis isn't over" as those behind it "can always change the code and try again". "We're continuing to investigate a small number of potential cases but there is nothing new to report", Martin said.

"The "hero" is a bit strong", MalwareTech said Sunday.

"I think we may have got away with it".

He highlighted that the government had invested £50 million in supporting NHS IT networks during its last strategic defence and security review, and insisted that individual trusts were well-equipped to ensure they could protect themselves against cyber-attack.

"Additional steps continue to be taken to protect NHS IT systems and we would like to thank National Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) and IT teams across the NHS who have been working tirelessly over the weekend".

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On Friday hackers hit organisations across the globe with a ransomware virus, locking down IT systems and demanding money via bitcoins. Shadow Brokers, a group that regularly posts stolen software and hacking tools developed by the USA government, released the tool online last month.

"One of the most common methods of infecting computer systems is through links and attachments in emails", Matheson said.

The initial ransom demand was $300 per machine. He responded that nurses were paid "more than the national average". "Ransomware becomes particularly nasty when it infects institutions like hospitals, where it can put people's lives in danger", said Kroustek, the Avast analyst.

Several hospitals were still facing disruptions on Monday, with St Bartholomew's in London cancelling appointments and warning of delays to pathology and diagnostic services. By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70 percent of systems were back online.

White House cyber security coordinator Rob Joyce, who previously worked in the NSA's elite hacking squad, told a Reuters reporter in April that the Trump administration was considering how to "optimise" the Vulnerability Equities Process, but he did not elaborate.

It was also revealed that Mr Hunt was warned past year about the vulnerability of NHS computer systems to attack.

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