The malware, which is developed in the massive NHS hack, is currently widespread worldwide.
Experts believe people and companies across Europe and Asia are facing the problems caused by the hack.
People pay to retrieve their files
The ransomware – is a programme that shuts files down until computer users pay money – is a new problem people across the world are encountering as it became rapidly widespread. It is also known as Wanna Decryptor.
Experts assert that despite the fact that the problem has caused extensive damages to NHS systems all over the world, the damages inflicted in Spain and Russia were second to none.
“This cyber attack is much larger than just the NHS,” said Travis Farral, director of security strategy for cyber security firm Anomali Labs. “It appears to be a giant campaign that has hit Spain and Russia the hardest.”
Mr Farral confirms that there are people who are already paying to retrieve their files.
Moreover, cyber security experts have learnt about the Wanna Decryptor, the malware that is being utilised, for weeks. However, the version widespread on the internet has just been developed, reports reads.
A new version emerged today
Aatish Pattni from cyber security firm Check Point said, “The ransomware used in this attack is relatively new – it was first seen in February 2017, and the latest variant emerged earlier today. Even so, it’s spreading fast, with organisations across Europe and Asia being hit.”
“It shows just how damaging ransomware can be – and how quickly it can cause disruption to vital services.
Furthermore, Pattni stressed on the role organisations should play to stop the hack before it hits the NHS systems.
“Organisations need to be able to prevent infections taking hold in the first place, by scanning for, blocking and filtering out suspicious files content before it reaches their networks.
“It’s also essential that staff are educated about the potential risks of incoming emails from unknown parties, or suspicious-looking emails that appear to come from known contacts.