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The victims of major cyber attacks are companies and institutions in dozens of countries

On Friday, may 12, unknown hackers carried out an unprecedented attack, the victims of which were companies and government agencies in dozens of countries. The first reports about it were received from the UK, where the virus-extortionist caught in the net of the National health service UK (NHS).

Once a computer virus starts to encrypt files and change their extensions. The screen displays a message that access to the system will be returned only after paying the ransom.

The hackers demanded approximately 415 thousand pounds as payment for the return of «in formation» they attacked the networks of the NHS. Victims of the attack were at least sixteen institutions of the British health service. Hundreds of assignments and transactions that fall into the category of difficult and urgent were postponed in hospitals across the country.

At the same time, dozens of patients delivered in the hospital by «ambulance» were sent to a nearby clinic to «ensure patient safety». The national health service appealed to the citizens urging them to exercise patience and in the next few hours to go to the doctors only in extreme cases.

Even at 21:00 Israel time The Telegraph reported that a similar attack was recorded, at least in seven countries. However, an hour later it became clear that we are talking about hundreds of countries on all continents except Australia.

It is known that in Spain from the attack of hackers suffered telecommunications operator Telefónica.

In Russia, the attack affects Federal information system registration (FISM). The attack was subjected to network of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia. Also, hackers attacked the computers of the Russian operator «MegaFon». According to «Kaspersky Lab», there were 45 thousand attacks in 74 countries, with the bulk of those attempts came in Russia.

In USA FedEx, for security reasons, was also switched off all the computers are out of date updates.

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The victims of major cyber attacks are companies and institutions in dozens of countries 13.05.2017

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