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May 17, 2017

Hungary under cyber attack

According to the Government Incident Response Team (Gov-CERT), only a few hundred devices became infected and the National Cyber Security Centre continues to monitor the developments closely

The Hungarian government has revealed that around 45 government systems came under cyber attack in Hungary over the weekend.

The bug hit Hungary after ransomware spread across 150 countries globally in the recent wave of attacks over the weekend.

According to the Government Incident Response Team (Gov-CERT), only a few hundred devices became infected and the National Cyber Security Centre continues to monitor the developments closely.

Ransomware locks down files on infected computers and hackers demand payment to restore access. In the UK, NHS workers at local hospitals were asked for 300 USD per computer terminal to unlock their devices. Access to sensitive data, and patient records needed to conduct life saving operations were blocked.

A British-based cyber security expert managed to temporarily contain the attack which has so far infected 150 nations around the world. However, new versions of the malware were detected on Sunday and these are much harder to contain. Computer boffins have been working tirelessly over the past few days to solve the latest problems.