Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

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Clarence Schmidt | 16 May, 2017, 08:38

Senior security staffers with DHS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency met on Friday and Saturday in the White House to assess the threat from the cyber attack that struck computers in 150 countries, Reuters reported, citing sources.

He said this order was not prompted by Russia's a year ago electoral systems targeting.

The order was revised many times for industry and government agency concerns. however, many National Security Council personnel who were working on policy issues in the earlier administration of Obama also helped a lot in crafting this executive order and this is also a reason for the continuity of this policy.

Weber warned there is no single entity capable of fixing this problem in the near future, since security depends on so many factors. The numbers are going up...

Europol, the European Union's police agency, says the worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack has so far hit more than 100,000 organizations in at least 150 countries.

Bossert said he expects more people will be affected when they log into their work computers today.

The malware virus is known as "WannaCry".

Computers across the world were locked up Friday and users' files held for ransom when dozens of countries were hit in a cyber-extortion attack that targeted hospitals, companies and government agencies.

Bossert said he spoke to his counterpart in Great Britain and learned that "they have a feeling of control over this ransomware event".

Europe's police agency says the attack has hit at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported the virus infiltrated a range of networks including railway operations, mail delivery, hospitals and government offices.

Bossert said the United States government doesn't make a recommendation on paying ransom. What is new is the use of a worm to propagate through systems.

Cybersecurity experts say the unknown hackers who launched this weekend's "ransomware" attacks used a vulnerability that was exposed in NSA documents leaked online. "The bottom line for consumers is to patch your software and make sure your IT service providers are patching your software".

"It's absolutely critical that you install updates to your operating system and to all your software as they become available", Larson said.

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