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Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:39 pm

Companies in UK, US, Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Norway among those affected so far

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre says it is aware of a cyber attack spreading around the world amid fears of disruption to infrastructure including banking and transport.

“We’re aware of the global ransomware incident and are monitoring the situation closely,” a spokesperson told The Independent, advising members of the public and businesses to check its website for guidance on keeping their systems secure.

British advertising firm WPP said IT systems in several of its companies were affected by the attack, as Maersk employees were sent home from its offices in Berkshire.

The first reports came from Ukraine, where state infrastructure including government-owned banks, energy firms, transportation and ministers’ computers were hit by the ransomware.

Russian oil giant Rosneft, the world’s largest shipping company Maersk and firms in the US and Norway were among those affected.

Meanwhile, the hack caused authorities in the Chernobyl exclusion zone to switch to manual radiation monitoring at the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.

Infected computers display a message demanding a payment of $300 (£235) in Bitcoin to re-gain access to encrypted files.

The Swiss government’s Reporting and Analysis Centre said the Petya virus was believed to be responsible and was spreading by “exploiting the SMB (Server Message Block) vulnerability”.

This view was echoed by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security. Businesses in the country were also affected, the agency said and urged firms to report any issues.

BSI President Arne Schoenbohm said a software patch available from Microsoft could have prevented infections in many cases, although Petya also used an administrative tool in internal networks that attacked even systems that have been patched.

Petya was previously blamed for disrupting systems in 2016 and works similarly to the WannaCry ransomware that infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries last month.

Maersk said its IT systems were down across “multiple sites and businesses due to a cyber attack” that could affect its global operations.

Employees at Maersk’s main UK office in Maidenhead said all staff had been locked out of their computers and sent home for the day.

The Danish business congolmerate is the largest container shipping company in the world and also operates in the oil and gas sectors.

Seventeen shipping container terminals run by Maersk subsidiary APM Terminals have also been hacked, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world, according to Dutch television.

American pharmaceutical giant Merck confirmed its network had been "compromised" by the attack and said it was launching an investigation.

Norway’s national security agency said the ransomware was affecting an unnamed “international company” in the country.

Rosneft, a Russian government-owned oil firm, said it was also targeted by a “massive hacker attack” on its servers, as was steel maker Evraz.

Ukraine’s national bank, state power company and largest airport were among the targets first reported targets on Tuesday.

Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister, said he and other members of the government were unable to access their computers.

Ukrainian state-run aircraft manufacturer Antonov was among the companies hit, along with state power distributor Ukrenergo, which said the attack did not affect power supplies.

The National Bank of Ukraine said an “unknown virus” was to blame, saying several unnamed Ukrainian banks were affected along with financial firms.

“As a result of cyber attacks, these banks have difficulties with customer service and banking operations,” a statement said.

“The National Bank bank is confident that the banking infrastructure's defence against cyber fraud is properly set up and attempted cyber attacks on banks' IT systems will be neutralised.”

Computers and departure boards for Boryspil International Airport in Kiev – the largest in Ukraine – were also down.

The Ukrposhta state postal service, television stations and transport were affected by the attack, which left Kiev metro passengers unable to pay using bank cards.

Many ATMs were disabled, displaying the message left by hackers, as were tills in supermarkets.

Ukraine's Prime Minister later described the attack as “unprecedented” but said “vital systems haven't been affected”.

“Our IT experts are doing their job and protecting critical infrastructure, Volodymyr Groysman added.

"The attack will be repelled and the perpetrators will be tracked down."

Ukraine has blamed Russia for repeated cyber attacks targeting crucial infrastructure during the past three years, including one on its power grid that left part of western Ukraine temporarily without electricity in December 2015.

Russia has denied involvement and the orchestrators of Tuesday’s attack were not known, although onlookers estimated they could make billions of dollars from the hack.

The UK’s Houses of Parliament were targeted in a separate attack on Friday that compromised up to 90 accounts as part of efforts to access the accounts of MPs, peers and their staff by searching for weak passwords.

The growth of global cyber attacks, including those targeting the election campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Emmanuel Macron, have sparked warnings of a “permanent war” online.

Guillaume Poupard, director general of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI) said intensifying attacks were coming from unspecified states, as well as criminal and extremist groups.

“We must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale,” he added, saying attacks could aim at espionage, fraud, sabotage or destruction.

“We are getting closer, clearly, to a state of war - a state of war that could be more complicated, probably, than those we've known until now.”


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/global-ransomware-cyber-security-centre-ukraine-russia-wannacry-wpp-nhs-attack-hacking-virus-a7810716.html



Never mind bloody Trident that is totally obsolete with crap computer systems, we need experts in this field, because this is where the next war is at.
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Deadpool on Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:15 pm

Somebody mentioned, That links had been posted on a forum linking to malware a couple of weeks ago, was that on here. ?
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Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:51 pm

It was a link Flap posted on NF.
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Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack.

Post by Scrat. on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:29 pm

Another aspect that Jeremy Corbyn was trying to bring to the attention of government, if he was prime minister now this issue would at least be on the table.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40416611

Ukraine's deputy prime minister has tweeted a picture appearing to show government systems have been affected.
His caption reads: "Ta-daaa! Network is down at the Cabinet of Minister's secretariat."

System testing!
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:32 pm

Already a thread on this so I'll merge it if you don't mind.
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Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:39 pm

Scrat. wrote:Another aspect that Jeremy Corbyn was trying to bring to the attention of government, if he was prime minister now this issue would at least be on the table.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40416611

Ukraine's deputy prime minister has tweeted a picture appearing to show government systems have been affected.
His caption reads: "Ta-daaa! Network is down at the Cabinet of Minister's secretariat."

System testing!


Yep, JC made the point that this is one of the securities that should be prioritised, and boy was he right! (again lol)
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Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:40 pm

Deadpool wrote:Somebody mentioned, That links had been posted on a forum linking to malware a couple of weeks ago, was that on here. ?


I believe at the time, someone said that it wasn't done on purpose. Not something I agreed with.
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:10 pm

This has to be a joke - surely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said.

Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers "from any domain - air, land, sea or cyber".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40423164?ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=twitter




Is he completely nuts?
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Post by Scrat. on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:15 pm

Sassy wrote:Already a thread on this so I'll merge it if you don't mind.
Two completely different aspects on the same topic, but hey! merge away if justifying your position is all that matters to you.

Like I said earlier your continual interference is tiresome!
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:19 pm

As is your continual foot stomping over things that have such little importance.  The topic is the same, talk about any aspects of it you want. jeez.

And I don't have to justify anything Scrat, I really don't know why you think I do. Irn and I both have very difficult things going on in our lives at the moment and we run this together and support one another.

Now, can we get back to this very important subject and stop the aggression please, it's such a waste of time and effort.
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:10 pm

Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:This has to be a joke - surely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said.

Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers "from any domain - air, land, sea or cyber".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40423164?ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=twitter




Is he completely nuts?

No.

Some of these attacks are affecting hospitals, where vital services are being shut down.

They have been taking out terrorists with a shoot to kill policy which is very good imo.

These cyber criminals are terrorists also. Cool


Of course they are, but they operate in bedrooms and living rooms and office spaces, in cities and in towns, in unknown countries, how the hell do you think you are going to bomb them?
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:15 pm

Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:
Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:This has to be a joke - surely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UK defence secretary threatens military strikes against hackers

The UK could carry out military strikes in response to cyber attacks, the UK defence secretary has said.

Sir Michael Fallon told the Chatham House think tank the UK had the ability to respond to hackers "from any domain - air, land, sea or cyber".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40423164?ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=twitter




Is he completely nuts?

No.

Some of these attacks are affecting hospitals, where vital services are being shut down.

They have been taking out terrorists with a shoot to kill policy which is very good imo.

These cyber criminals are terrorists also. Cool


Of course they are, but they operate in bedrooms and living rooms and office spaces, in cities and in towns, in unknown countries, how the hell do you think you are going to bomb them?

I would suppose that they would have those raids like we have seen in London and Manchester if it's in a built up city etc?


No Phil, they can't even pinpoint the country the hacking is done from, never mind who is doing it.
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Re: Breaking: UK National Cyber Security Centre says it is 'aware of global ransomware incident'

Post by Sassy on Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:54 pm

Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:
Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:


Of course they are, but they operate in bedrooms and living rooms and office spaces, in cities and in towns, in unknown countries, how the hell do you think you are going to bomb them?

I would suppose that they would have those raids like we have seen in London and Manchester if it's in a built up city etc?


No Phil, they can't even pinpoint the country the hacking is done from, never mind who is doing it.

Precision bombing?

FGS, how can you precision bomb if you don't know which country to bomb, and please tell me how you take out a bedroom without killing the innocent civilians living in the street.

You don't use bombs, you use cyber intelligence and brain power.
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Post by Handy andy on Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:44 am

Sassy wrote:
Philagain1 wrote:
Sassy wrote:


Of course they are, but they operate in bedrooms and living rooms and office spaces, in cities and in towns, in unknown countries, how the hell do you think you are going to bomb them?

I would suppose that they would have those raids like we have seen in London and Manchester if it's in a built up city etc?


No Phil, they can't even pinpoint the country the hacking is done from, never mind who is doing it.

Take out the White House and the Kremlin simultaneously and that would take out the chief protagonists.
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