16 May Is this what global cyberwar looks like?
As the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware attack starts to reveal itself —around 200,00 businesses in over 100 countries and what seems like an infinite systems —our very own Head of Security, Ian Trump, has been speaking about last week’s massive ransomware cyberattack, saying that ‘this is what global cyberwar looks like’.
Last Friday’s attack – spread via an exploit stolen from the NSA and leaked in the most recent ShadowBrokers dump – targeted computers running Microsoft’s Windows OS. It then encrypted the user files and demanded money to restore them.
Says Ian, ‘This attack has all the hallmarks of a trial balloon – and not the telltale signs of a bungled attack. What’s more, the“hero” who goes by the name of “MalwareTech” and who stumbled upon the way to stop the malware attack was supposed to find the kill switch by design and turn it off.”
Speaking to the Herald on Sunday, he said: “In the perspective of what just happened, this is what global cyberwar looks like. I truly believe this is a demonstration of either a nation state power or a cyber criminal group.
“The important thing is this was actually weaponised and was designed to move through the internet on its own.
He goes on to say, “What we are seeing is evolution in cyberwarfare that can do real kinetic damage to systems, can push them offline and can cripple national infrastructure. We just saw that revealed at a world scale.”
And as more claims around the potential mitigation of this attack on the NHS systems continue to emerge ,Dr Jamie Graves, our CEO, says that now is not the time for I told you so’s and finger pointing.
“The large-scale cyber-attack on our NHS is a huge wake-up call. The effects of this data breach include hospitals having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages from hackers demanding money, a clear signal of ransomware activity. It also highlights the ever-increasing importance of having a 360-degree visibility of activities and behaviour around business-critical data.
Because the NHS holds some of the most sensitive data of all – individuals’ health records – it’s a goldmine for criminals. Fundamentally, the government needs to pool cyber security specialists together to tackle this growing threat to ensure this does not happen again,”
For the full article in the Herald, head over here and tune in this Friday for our take on Cyber Security 101 to ensure you’re protecting your business.