National Cybersecurity Center Global Cyber Attack – CWEB.com
Yesterday Cybersecurity officials in Britain have applauded a young researcher for helping halt the global ransomware cyberattack. In a post on its website, Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said that by registering a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the malware, the anonymous Britain-based cyber specialist, known as Malware Tech, had prevented further infections and “already resulted in preventing over 100,000 potential infections
The European Cybercrime Centre, EC3, at Europol is working closely with affected countries cybercrime units and key industry partners to mitigate the threat and assist victims. The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT), at EC3 is a group of specialist international cyber investigators and is specially designed to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation.
Hackers using a tool stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA) located in the US. They affected as many as 74 countries and at least 16 NHS trusts in the UK, compromising IT systems that underpin patient safety. Staff across the NHS were locked out of their computers and trusts had to divert emergency patients.