‘Vaccine’ created for huge cyber-attacks

Brussels, Wednesday Security researchers have discovered a “vaccine” for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world yes...

A huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday. Photo/BBC

Brussels, Wednesday

Security researchers have discovered a “vaccine” for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world yesterday. 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. Experts are still unsure about the attack’s origins or its real purpose.

Among the victims of the attack were the Ukrainian central bank, Russian oil giant Rosneft, British advertising firm WPP and US law firm DLA Piper.

But for those concerned about the attack there appears to be fix, albeit one with limited effectiveness. 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.

An explanation of how to do this has been posted by security news website Bleeping Computer and has been backed up by several other security experts.

Meanwhile, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg warned the alliance must step up its defence against cyberattacks, saying they could potentially trigger their Article 5 mutual defence commitment.

Stoltenberg said the “attack in May and this week just underlines the importance of strengthening our cyber defences and that is what we are doing.”

“We exercise more, we share best practices and technology and we also work more and more closely with all allies,” he told reporters ahead of a NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday at which cyber-security will be a key talking point. -AFP/BBC

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