GLOBAL CYBER ATTACK OF MAY 12: A RECORD OF UNPRECEDENTED MAGNITUDE

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Publish Date : 2021-04-02 09:15:40
GLOBAL CYBER ATTACK OF MAY 12: A RECORD OF UNPRECEDENTED MAGNITUDE

On Friday, May 12, was an international cyberattack of rare magnitude struck 150 countries, affected dozens of businesses and organizations, and infected more than 200,000 computers around the world in 2017.

The attacker used "ransomware" which targets machines running an older version of the Windows operating system published by Microsoft. This malicious software takes advantage of a computer security flaw discovered by the US intelligence agency (the NSA) and made public by a group of hackers called "Shadow Brokers" in mid-April.

State of play of cyber-attacks suffered in Europe

Europe has been hit hard. Indeed, several dozen countries of the old continent are to be identified among the victims of simultaneous computer attacks on Friday:

  • - In France, the car manufacturer Renault was the first to claim to be a victim of these attacks. However, the country has at least a dozen affected companies, including the Ministry of National Education.
  • - In Germany, the railway company Deutsch Bahn was also hacked. In the station, the notice boards displayed messages from cyber-attackers instead of the train timetables.
  • - In the United Kingdom, dozens of hospitals have been affected, forcing the nursing staff to reschedule medical interventions.
  • - In Spain, Telefonica and other organizations were victims of “ransomware”. However, the telecommunications giant says user services have not been affected.
  • - In Russia, the country's banking system, the interior and health ministries as well as the IT facilities of the railway network were targeted. Nevertheless, the attacks were brought under control.

In addition to the countries mentioned, many others in Europe, but also in America, Asia, Australia, and Africa have borne the brunt of these attacks.

This global spread may imply a lack of CISO preparation for a majority of companies and organizations. Thus, only those who have significantly invested in cybersecurity have been able to cope with it.

Cybersecurity on the G7 menu 

The subject of cybercrime will be on the agenda of the next summit of heads of state and government of the G7 in two weeks in Sicily. In a statement, the G7 countries have recognized in unison "the growing threat" that constitutes cybercrime for their countries and assured to make this subject their priority.

Thus, among the measures to be taken in the immediate future, there is the mandate given to experts to carry out a precise and detailed assessment of the capacities of each country in terms of computer security.

The institution is determined to play a major role in the fight against cybercrime.

New attacks to fear?

The director-general of the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI), Guillaume Poupard, affirms that we must expect in the days or weeks to come to have regular aftershocks, it is the 'experience we have on this kind of attack '.

However, he said he did not fear cyber chaos since the recovery on Monday, there has been no catastrophic outbreak.

However, it is worth remembering that cyber threats are not about to end. Preparation for various catastrophic scenarios and extreme caution are therefore required.



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