Cyber attack hits businesses

Dhaka,  Fri,  18 August 2017
Published : 16 May 2017, 12:56:18
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Cyber attack hits businesses

Cyber attack in particularly worrying for companies with complex systems running many different types of machines, such as manufacturing lines that employ a wide range of tools, or medical facilities with highly-specialised equipment, according to a global media report on Tuesday.

The task is made more difficult since updating a single computer in certain environments can require hours of “testing and validation” to ensure other systems are not affected, or that strict industry regulations are not breached.

In Asia, Japanese industrial group Hitachi said it discovered that an unspecified number of its computers both in and outside Japan were affected by the ransomware on Manday morning after some employees reported troubles in receiving and sending emails and difficulty opening attachments.

The impact continued to spread throughout the day, with the email system at one of its hospitals in Japan hit. An online system for Japanese retailers to place orders for Hitachi’s household appliances was also affected, disrupting deliveries of refrigerators and washing machines. The company has installed new software to fix the problems but said it was still investigating the reason why its systems were targeted.

Meanwhile PetroChina, the Chinese oil and gas company, reported petrol station membership discount card, credit card and mobile payment services were hit by the attack on Friday evening. Sales of motor fuel and petrol pumps were unaffected.

The malware proved embarrassing for Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s train service, as passengers posted photographs of infected, hard-to-read information monitors on social media.

The company said there was no impact on local or long-distance transport, but extra employees were on duty to help customers amid the confusion.

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