The cyber attack today, which occurred sometime between the middle of May 2017 and July 29. What makes the Equifax attack particularly troublesome is the company’s status as a central clearinghouse for sensitive credit-related information including social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other data that can be used in a variety of ways to harm those affected.
While the Equifax breach isn’t the largest in terms of the number of victims — however,because of the kind of personal information that was stolen is troubling. Examples of sensitive information include 209,000 credit card numbers, personal information relating to credit disputes for 182,000 victims, and data that could be further used to access medical histories, bank accounts, and more.
If you have a credit report, chances are you may be in this breach. The chances are much better than 50 percent.”
Equifax has established a web site that individuals can visit to learn more about the attack, find out if they’re affected, and enroll in free identity theft protection and file monitoring services. If you’ve ever applied for credit — and that’s most people — it’s a good idea to head over to the site sooner rather than later.
The creation of a single file can stop the attack from infecting a machine.
However, researchers have not been able to find a so-called kill switch that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers.
By creating a read-only file – named perfc – and placing it within a computer’s “C:\Windows” folder, the attack will be stopped in its tracks.
“Even though it will make a machine ‘immune’,” explained computer scientist Prof Alan Woodward, “It is still a ‘carrier’ (to use the biological analogy).
“It will still continue as a platform to spread the ransomware to other machines on the same network.”For the vast majority of users, simply running an up-to-date version of Windows will be sufficient to prevent the attack taking hold, were it to infect your PC.
Researchers predict the spread of this new ransomware is likely to be much slower than last month’s WannaCry attack. Code analysis showed the new attack did not attempt to spread itself beyond the network it was placed on.
Several experts are predicting that the attack will not spread significantly further than it did on Tuesday, unless it is modified.”There is low risk of new infections more than one hour after the attack,”
FedEx Corp confirms it has suffered a malware attack on Friday and said its Windows-based systems were “experiencing interference” due to malware and that it was trying to fix the issue as quickly as possible. Computer systems at companies and hospitals in dozens of countries were hit Friday, apparently part of a huge extortion plot. The so-called ransomware attack appears to exploit a weakness that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency and leaked to the internet. It encrypts data on infected computers and demands payment before the information is unencrypted..
A cyberattack that is forcing computer owners to pay hundreds of dollars in ransom to unlock their files has hit almost every corner of the world. This is the biggest ransomware outbreak in history.
Security experts from Kaspersky Lab and Avast Software say Russia was the hardest hit, followed by Ukraine and Taiwan. Researchers believe a criminal organization is behind this, given its sophistication.Russia’s Interior Ministry says it has come under cyber attack. Agency spokeswoman Irina Volk says in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that Friday’s cyber attacks hit about 1,000 computers. She said the ministry’s servers haven’t been affected. Volk also said that ministry experts are now working to recover the system and do necessary security updates.
Russian media also said that the Investigative Committee, the nation’s top criminal investigation agency, also has been targeted. The committee denied the reports.
Megafon, a top Russian mobile operator, also said it has come under cyberattacks that appeared similar to those that crippled U.K. hospitals on Friday.
Microsoft has released fixes for vulnerabilities and related tools disclosed by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has repeatedly published alleged NSA software code. But many companies and individuals haven’t installed the fixes yet, or are using older versions of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports and didn’t fix.
Hospitals in the U.K. and telecommunications companies in Spain are among those hit by a “ransomware” attack that locked up computer data and demanded payment to free it. The attacks use a malware called Wanna Decryptor, also known as WannaCry.
The North Korean network is routed through China, so while it isn’t yet clear how the outage happened.
Internet services were partially restored after nine hours and 31 minutes of disruption, cyber security firm Dyn Research says. While most mainstream North Korean websites are back online, the recovery initially appeared to be partial and potentially unstable with some websites still inaccessible. Analysts had said technical problems or a cyber-attack could be to blame.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. says that a recent cyberattack compromised customer information for over 70 million households and 7 million small businesses.The New York-based bank said Thursday that customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen in the cyberattack. PMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank by assets, has been working with law enforcement officials to investigate the cyberattack. There has been no unusual customer fraud related to this data breach.