Japan wakes up to global 'ransomware' cyber attack

2017-05-15 15:15
A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing. (AP)

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing. (AP)

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Tokyo — Japan has fallen victim of a global "ransomware" cyber attack that has created chaos in 150 countries, with hundreds of computers hit at 600 locations.

Nissan Motor Co. confirmed on Monday some units had been targeted, but there was no major impact on its business.

Hitachi spokesperson Yuko Tainiuchi said emails were slow or not getting delivered, and files could not be opened.The company believes the problems are related to the ransomware attack, although no ransom is being demanded. They were installing software to fix the problems.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre, a non-profit providing support for computer attacks, said 2 000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected so far.

A few individuals also reportedly were affected.

The attack, known as "WannaCry", paralysed computers that run Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and other companies and government agencies worldwide in what may be the largest online extortion scheme ever.


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