A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world.Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin.There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan.Many security researchers are linking the incidents together.The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) was also hit by a ransomware outbreak on the same day and screenshots of the WannaCry program were shared by NHS staff.One cyber-security researcher tweeted that he had detected many thousands of cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – around the world.”This is huge,” said Jakub Kroustek at Avast.Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing.
A huge cyber attack leveraging hacking tools widely believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency brought disruption to Britain’s health system on Friday and infected dozens of other countries around the world, security researchers said.Hospitals and doctors’ surgeries in parts of England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments after they were infected with the “ransomware”, which scrambled data on computers and demanded payments of $300 to $600 to restore access. People in affected areas were being advised to seek medical care only in emergencies.”We are experiencing a major IT disruption and there are delays at all of our hospitals,” said the Barts Health group, which manages major London hospitals. Routine appointments had been canceled and ambulances were being diverted to neighboring hospitals.
NHS services across England and Scotland have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, which is being treated as a major incident.The prime minister said the incident was part of a wider attack affecting organisations around the world.Some hospitals and GPs cannot access patient data, after their computers were locked by a malicious program demanding a payment worth £230.There is no evidence patient data has been compromised, NHS Digital has said.The BBC understands up to 33 NHS organisations and some GP practices have been affected.Theresa May said that the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was “working closely” with the NHS but agreed that there was no evidence patient data had been compromised.”We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack,” she said.
In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the Shadow Brokers. Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) (FCHA.MI) said on Friday it would recall more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide to address a software error linked to reports of one crash death and two injuries.The erroneous code could temporarily disable the side air bag and deployment seat of belt pretensioners – which reduce seat belt slack during impacts – during a vehicle rollover spurred by a significant underbody impact, such as striking onroad debris or driving off-road, the Italian-American automaker said.The company will reprogram computer modules in the affected vehicles to address this error.An FCA spokesman said the likelihood of an incident was very low because a sequence of events was needed to cause an incident.There is no definitive proof the error was involved in two accidents, one of which resulted in a fatality, but the automaker was conducting the recall proactively, he said.