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Carmaker Nissan says UK plant hit by cyber attack

Carmaker Nissan says UK plant hit by cyber attack

A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the US National Security Agency hit worldwide shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain's health system and infected computers in almost 100 countries yesterday.

Cyber-extortionists are believed to have used stolen NSA hacking tools and sent spam emails with malware attachments with invoices, job offers, security warnings, and other legitimate files.

While Friday's attack could damage the reputation of Microsoft's security, it's likely to be limited, said Sid Parakh, a fund manager at Becker Capital Management, which owns Microsoft stock.

Security experts from Kaspersky Lab and Avast Software say Russian Federation was the hardest hit, followed by Ukraine and Taiwan.

The ransomware attack is considered the biggest in history, forcing hospitals across Britain to turn away patients and freezing computer systems at Russia's Interior Ministry.

In the U.S., FedEx reported that its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware, but wouldn't say if it had been hit by ransomware.

Only a small number of US -headquartered organizations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organizations in Europe, said Thakur.

Its ransom demands start at $300 and increase after two hours to $400, $500 and then $600, said Kurt Baumgartner, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

The UK cyber security expert, Beaumont has examined the ransomware attacks that were used to target NHS.

The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the United States spy agency.

Outdated versions of Windows do not receive security updates. He confirmed that firms could apply for the patch which was released in March.

A Nissan spokesman issued a statement on behalf of the company today.

Sometimes called a "wormable" vulnerability, it is considered very serious because of the speed at which worms can infect and jump from system to system, he said.

The ransomware was developed using code posted online by a hacker group who said at the time that it was from the US National Security Agency.

The National Health Service (NHS) said 16 of its organizations reported they were victims.

"Several" computers of Russia's Emergency Ministry had also been targeted, its representative told TASS, adding, that "all of the attempted attacks had been blocked, and none of the computers were infected with the virus".

China has not officially commented on any attacks it may have suffered, but comments on social media said a university computer lab had been compromised.

Hospitals in London, north-west England and central England have all been affected, according to the BBC.

"Seeing a large telco like Telefonica get hit is going to get everybody anxious".

"This is not targeted at the NHS, it's an global attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected", said Prime Minister Theresa May.

The cyber security firm Kaspersky said that this ransomware could even destroy the machine without vulnerability.

By activating the "kill switch", experts say it bought time for some countries to create firewalls blocking the attack.

"But our immediate priority as a government is to disrupt the attack, restore affected services as soon as possible, and establish who was behind it so we can bring them to justice".