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USA: Avast CEO says global cyber-attack used US intel software leaked by WikiLeaks03:16

USA: Avast CEO says global cyber-attack used US intel software leaked by WikiLeaks

United States, Redwood City, California
May 13, 2017 at 07:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

No, they are not. And this is one where for example, a business or government [inaudible]. It exploits a Microsoft vulnerability that Microsoft released a patch for two months ago. This particular piece of ransomware we first saw in February, but as you can tell by how much it is spread, many businesses and government organisations did not update their Microsoft software, and a lot of security software out there did not detect it. It's very difficult to detect - ransomware software - it requires basically some AI, some artificial intelligence, to do so. Thankfully, our product did. Our customers were protected. But it's been pretty nasty for a lot of folks.

Yes, it is, and historically it's been difficult to do anything once you trace. For example, lots of ransomware that's launched - not this particular one, this one is different - but most of the other ransomware we see comes out of Russia and does not attack entities [inaudible] using the Cyrillic alphabet. And a big part of that reason is Russia does not extradite its citizens. So even if it's detected, [let's] say in France, there is nothing the French can do. They can't get the hacker out of Russia. But this one is probably not coming from Russia. It will probably be known who's been launching it. But there's not been any successful track record, really, of arresting and prosecuting such people.

No, it's not a teenager in their bedroom. It's a little more sophisticated than that. It is most likely an organised crime ring. And realise this particular attack was one that was released via WikiLeaks. This was one of the ones in the US intelligence circles.

Well, that seems to be the opinion of a lot of folks, including the folks in our virus research team.

Well, because bitcoins aren't easily traceable. It's not like a bank wire where you know the origin, excuse me, the destination of the wire and you can arrest the recipient. Bitcoin kind of powers a lot of the underground economy just because it can be anonymous."

CEO of Avast Software Vince Steckler stated that his company's virus research team share the belief that an NSA cyber-weapon leaked by WikiLeaks was one of the principal features of Friday's global cyber attack, while speaking in an interview with RT, from Redwood City, California, Friday.

Steckler stated that tools used by US intelligence agencies were likely deployed by a group of hackers that carried out the attack, saying "this particular attack was one that was released via WikiLeaks. This was one of the ones in the US intelligence circles."

The CEO of the antivirus software vendor stated that this was "the first global concentrated ransomware attack."

Steckler also noted that the ransomware attack "exploits a Microsoft vulnerability that Microsoft released a patch for two months ago" and that many businesses and government organisations that did not install the latest Microsoft security update seem to have been the primary victims of the attack. He added, "a lot of security software out there did not detect it" because "it's very difficult to detect - ransomware software - it requires basically some AI, some artificial intelligence, to do so."

On Friday, a massive computer hacking attack infected tens of thousands of computers around the globr with a ransomware virus that demands payments in order to restore access to files.

The attack was first reported as affecting the computers of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, while the IT infrastructure of public transport systems in Germany and several computers of the Russian Interior Ministry were also affected. The hackers demand $300 (€274), to be paid in bitcoin, to unlock each computer. It is thought to be the largest such attack to date.

USA: Avast CEO says global cyber-attack used US intel software leaked by WikiLeaks03:16
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No, they are not. And this is one where for example, a business or government [inaudible]. It exploits a Microsoft vulnerability that Microsoft released a patch for two months ago. This particular piece of ransomware we first saw in February, but as you can tell by how much it is spread, many businesses and government organisations did not update their Microsoft software, and a lot of security software out there did not detect it. It's very difficult to detect - ransomware software - it requires basically some AI, some artificial intelligence, to do so. Thankfully, our product did. Our customers were protected. But it's been pretty nasty for a lot of folks.

Yes, it is, and historically it's been difficult to do anything once you trace. For example, lots of ransomware that's launched - not this particular one, this one is different - but most of the other ransomware we see comes out of Russia and does not attack entities [inaudible] using the Cyrillic alphabet. And a big part of that reason is Russia does not extradite its citizens. So even if it's detected, [let's] say in France, there is nothing the French can do. They can't get the hacker out of Russia. But this one is probably not coming from Russia. It will probably be known who's been launching it. But there's not been any successful track record, really, of arresting and prosecuting such people.

No, it's not a teenager in their bedroom. It's a little more sophisticated than that. It is most likely an organised crime ring. And realise this particular attack was one that was released via WikiLeaks. This was one of the ones in the US intelligence circles.

Well, that seems to be the opinion of a lot of folks, including the folks in our virus research team.

Well, because bitcoins aren't easily traceable. It's not like a bank wire where you know the origin, excuse me, the destination of the wire and you can arrest the recipient. Bitcoin kind of powers a lot of the underground economy just because it can be anonymous."

CEO of Avast Software Vince Steckler stated that his company's virus research team share the belief that an NSA cyber-weapon leaked by WikiLeaks was one of the principal features of Friday's global cyber attack, while speaking in an interview with RT, from Redwood City, California, Friday.

Steckler stated that tools used by US intelligence agencies were likely deployed by a group of hackers that carried out the attack, saying "this particular attack was one that was released via WikiLeaks. This was one of the ones in the US intelligence circles."

The CEO of the antivirus software vendor stated that this was "the first global concentrated ransomware attack."

Steckler also noted that the ransomware attack "exploits a Microsoft vulnerability that Microsoft released a patch for two months ago" and that many businesses and government organisations that did not install the latest Microsoft security update seem to have been the primary victims of the attack. He added, "a lot of security software out there did not detect it" because "it's very difficult to detect - ransomware software - it requires basically some AI, some artificial intelligence, to do so."

On Friday, a massive computer hacking attack infected tens of thousands of computers around the globr with a ransomware virus that demands payments in order to restore access to files.

The attack was first reported as affecting the computers of the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, while the IT infrastructure of public transport systems in Germany and several computers of the Russian Interior Ministry were also affected. The hackers demand $300 (€274), to be paid in bitcoin, to unlock each computer. It is thought to be the largest such attack to date.

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