We have updated our patches on an immediate basis under the RBI’s directions. “The numbers are going up; I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn [on] their machines on Monday morning”.

The massive cyberattack ricocheting around the globe has reignited a debate: When should spy agencies disclose security vulnerabilities in companies’ software? “We don’t have a precedent for something of this scale (in China)”, said Marin Ivezic, a cybersecurity expert at PwC in Hong Kong.

“We should expect similar attacks regularly in the coming days and weeks”, said Giullaume Poupard, head of French government cyber security agency ANSSI.

However, officials and security firms said the spread was starting to slow.

A security researcher from the UK “MalwareTech” who assisted in minimizing the effect of recent ransomware predicts that one more ransomware is on its way and could affect a huge number of PCs on Monday.

As news of the WannaCry attack spread, Philippine authorities reassured the public that cyber security measures were being stepped up. First discovered on May 12, the cyberattack has created havoc around the world. Copycat attacks could follow.

The country should not be lacking in tech-savvy individuals who can improve cyber security.

Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks.

Victims have paid about $50 000 in ransom so far, with the total expected to rise, said Tom Robinson, chief operating officer and co-founder of Elliptic Enterprises, a ransomware consultant that works with banks and companies in the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Europe. It appears to exploit a vulnerability in Windows that, according to the Toronto Star, “was supposedly identified by the U.S”. For the computers which have been affected by the malware, and they do not want to pay the ransom in bitcoins, they simply should delete all the data and start again.

Unfortunately, if your machine has already been infected by WannaCry and you’re seeing the ransom demand, there’s not much you can do.

CERT-In today said it has not received any formal report of cyber attack on India’s vital networks by the crippling global ransomware, WannaCry. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time.

“The numbers are still going up”, Wainwright said. “Remarkably few payments” had so far been made in response to this attack, he added.

“Most have found ways of working around this but seven, including St Barts in London, have asked for extra support”.

“This guidance was also reissued on Friday following the emergence of this issue”. State media reported that digital payment systems at some gas stations were offline, forcing customers to pay cash. Fedex said Friday it was “experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware”.

Russia’s interior ministry said some of its computers had been hit by a “virus attack” and that efforts were underway to destroy it.

Interpol thinks that more than 200,000 people in more than 150 countries were affected – and things could get worse.

It comes amid concerns networks were left vulnerable because they were still using outdated Windows XP software. Here’s how to turn automatic updates on. When the file is opened, the malicious software infiltrates the computer and encrypts all its files.


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