'There have also been other reports made to our online cyber security network and the difficulty is of course there are literally hundres of instances of ransomware in Australia each week and so we are now seeking to confirm whether these are examples of the particular ransomware that has cause so much havoc for example in the United Kingdom'.
A GLOBAL cyber attack that has struck computers across Europe and Asia is believed to have infected its first Australian business, the federal government says.
Many workers had already logged off their computers on Friday when the malware began spreading, wreaking havoc on the U.K.'s hospital network, Germany's railway system, and companies around the world.
Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 that was stopped and left to the individual trusts. Customers running anti-malware software from any number of security companies can confirm with their provider, that they are protected. "You're only safe if you patch ASAP", he tweeted.
Since Friday, the company dropped its refusal to update old versions of its programs and issued patches specifically written for use in Windows XP and several other systems.
"And we've got to make sure, at a departmental level, government level, departmental heads. that they're taking the necessary steps", he told Sky.
The Windows vulnerability in question was purportedly identified by the NSA for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.
He said it was unclear so far how it had started but ransomware generally spread via a few different methods. The healthcare centres in many countries are particularly vulnerable. Before Friday's attack, Microsoft had made fixes for older systems, such as 2001's Windows XP, available only to those who paid extra for extended technical support.
Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the United Kingdom were hit, and some of those hospitals canceled outpatient appointments and told people to avoid emergency departments if possible.
"We can't say what scale the new cases will occur at but it's likely there will be some", he told the Press Association. These patches work for updated versions only and hence the users were advised to update their systems. "They get well resourced for their information technology". "They are processing a lot of sensitive data". Cybersecurity experts have said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.
The Garda had said early on Sunday there was no identified cyber attack on any Irish State computer system from the wave of worldwide ransomware attacks.
A red-coloured "critical alert" has been issued by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security- related defences of the Indian Internet domain. "But there's clearly some culpability on the part of the USA intelligence services". "It's a handy thing to have, but it's a unsafe thing to have". That way, even if your machine does become encrypted by ransomware, you can restore the system using a backup that's stored somewhere else. "And that's what's happening right now".