US News French IT experts release fix for WannaCry ransomware

06:40  20 may  2017
06:40  20 may  2017 Source:

Nissan and Renault latest firms to be hit in cyber attack

  Nissan and Renault latest firms to be hit in cyber attack Nissan and Renault latest firms to be hit in cyber attackNissan has said it is "working to resolve the issue", though it is unclear whether the ransomware attack, a type of software which hijacks files until the company pays a ransom, has affected production at the Japanese car giant.

A group of French IT experts has created a software tool which can restore files encrypted by the WannaCry ransomware . However, it only works for computers that have not been rebooted after the initial cyber attack. The developers released the tool on Friday

According to Microsoft, a security patch to fix the Windows operating system vulnerability that is being exploited by the WannaCry ransomware was released in March.

  French IT experts release fix for WannaCry ransomware © Provided by Deutsche Welle ZA

The developers released the tool on Friday, as the deadline expires for computers all over the world first infected a week ago.

"This is not a perfect solution," internationally known hacker Matthieu Suiche said in a blog post after testing the fix on different versions of Windows. "But this is so far the only workable solution to help enterprises to recover their files if they have been infected and have no back-ups."

Paris-based Adrien Guinet, who works for the IT security company Quarkslab, developed a theoretical technique for decrypting the files blocked by WannaCry. Benjamin Delpy, an employee of the Banque de France, used Guinet's methods to create a free decryption tool he dubbed "wanakiwi."

Ransomware Virus Also Strikes India, Systems Of Andhra Pradesh Police Hit

  Ransomware Virus Also Strikes India, Systems Of Andhra Pradesh Police Hit An unprecedented global wave of cyberattacks, which affected over 45,000 computers in at least 74 countries since Friday evening, has also spread to India.Confirming the attack, Gulshan Rai, Director General of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), said "We held an assessment meeting today and have found that 102 systems of Andhra Police have been infected with ransomware, particularly those using the Windows operating system.

Before we go any further, I have to insist on making it clear that Microsoft did release the fix for the exploit the NSA Several internet security experts have implied that Russia took the brunt of the hit alongside the British NHS. Even the misfiring modification to WannaCry can still spread, however.

Fix for WannaCry ransomware is now available for download. Check out here for more details and update download links. Previously, the company had released WannaCry ransomware patch for Windows 10 devices in Match.

Europol tested the team's new tool and said it was "found to recover data in some circumstances."

One drawback is that the fix only works if the computers were not rebooted from the moment of infection.

The malicious software has infected some 300,000 computers since last Friday, with Russia and China hit the hardest. The infection, however, targeted computers all over the world, with the worm threatening to delete files if the user does not provide $300 (267 euros) to $600 in bitcoin for ransom.

Only 309 users seem to have complied with the request by Friday, paying a total of $94,000 to the attackers. Officials across the world also urged people not to pay the ransom.

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North Korea possibly behind global cyberattack, researchers say .
Cyber security researchers said Monday they may be able to link North Korea to the unprecedented global cyberattack that took more than 300,000 computers hostage in 150 countries last week. Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said that some of the code used in the version of the WannaCry software had also been used in programs run by the North Korea-linked Lazarus Group."This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry," Kurt Baumgartner, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told Reuters.The researchers said it was too early to confirm that Pyongyang was behind the cyberattacks.


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