RJR News / A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday. However, employees beginning the work week have been told to be careful. The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users’ files on Friday, demanding US$300 to restore access. Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call. BBC’s analysis of three accounts linked to the ransom demands suggests only about US$38,000 had been paid up to Monday morning. However, the ransomware warning said that the cost would double after three days, so the payments may increase. It threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made. Could escalate In the meantime, in a statement Monday morning, Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley said he has information which indicates that the cyber-attacks will escalate in coming weeks. He advised small and large businesses, hospitals, utility companies, telecommunications firms, as well as entities in the insurance sector to take the necessary steps to secure and update their computer systems to protect against cyber-attacks. Dr. Wheatley reiterated that Jamaica’s Cyber Incident Response Team has been working round the clock with the police, the private sector, other local stakeholders as well as international partners to lead any needed response to the cyber-attacks.
JAMAICA: Worldwide Computer Malware Slowing, Reports Suggest
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