A ransomware attack is quickly spreading across the globe rendering vital systems inaccessible and demanding $300 in Bitcoins. Unlike many other malicious programs, this one has the ability to move around a network by itself. Most others rely on humans to spread by tricking them into clicking on an attachment harboring the attack code.
“Affected machines have six hours to pay up and every few hours the ransom goes up,” said Kurt Baumgartner, the principal security researcher at security firm Kaspersky Lab.
At least 16 organizations connected to the National Health Service in England and an unknown number in Scotland reported being affected. “The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor,” officials at NHS Digital said in a statement.
“This is huge,” said Jakub Kroustek at Avast.
By contrast, once WannaCry is inside an organization it will hunt down vulnerable machines and infect them too. This perhaps explains why its impact is so public – because large numbers of machines at each victim organization are being compromised.
There is a patch for this exploit: Here
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Please be aware this ransomware does spread thru out your network so protect your other devices and avoid the spread by shutting it down.