The ransomware attack that has been regarded as the most wide-scale cyber attack in history has supposedly slowed China’s daily activities to a standstill, as its ATMs, traffic police, immigration authorities, public security bureaus and even school computers have been rendered useless (unless they pay the ransom, which will likely do nothing but line the criminal’s pockets).

The attack – which was apparently carried out by a hacking tool originally developed by the NSA – has rendered hospitals inoperable in the UK, disrupted transit in Europe amongst other minor catastrophes in over 100 countries – naturally prompting the authorities to search for the criminals responsible (but currently to no avail).

China, while it initially seemed fine at the time the spreading occurred, was also heavily hit by the ransomware attack, causing affected businesses and services to suspend normal work until the situation is resolved – images depicting the damage dealt to China:









As one of the few recent security debacles not to be immediately pinned on evil Russian hackermen by the legacy unimedia, the culprits are presumably either unknown or unmentionable…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's pretty funny how NSA has nothing but pure infamy as reputation and they don't seem to mind at all. In every fiction work NSA is always if not the actual bad guy, then at least an agency totally without any principles or honour, quite despicable, really. Whereas CIA can do dirty tricks, but it's also depicted as a sort of romantic thing from the cold war era, and there are plenty of movies where CIA is decent enough with jolly agents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's nice. If you say you work for NSA, even true gangstas won't mess with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The difference is that while CIA mainly operates overseas, NSA is almost absolutely operating inside the country, so in fiction CIA deals with the (bad) foreigners while the NSA fucks the good citizens of the USA.

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    Comment by cpc65
    09:24 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Every major power has their own version of the NSA, or worse. Not saying it's okay, just that's how it is. Gotta protect those in power from us the general masses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    they still brain implant children at birth every child born since 1965 has had a brain chip put in the brain through the sinus making holes in sinus and brain case. all babies born, incl. anchor babies from mexico and china. like license plates on every walking human. by the NSA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 18/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think you largely over-estimate the current state of brain-machine interfaces.

    In 1965 they had fancy calculators the size of a japanese household.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    all this reminds me of is the movie summer wars.

    NSA makes virus

    hacker finds virus

    hacker releases virus

    now all we need is it to frame someone

    and a girl to defeat it with a card game

    Comment by Anonymous

    This virus was around since 2000 but nobody give a fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, yeah. Are they all programmers? Do they know the effects full well? Does the media cover it like how they cover the POTUS' twitter? HELL FUCKING NO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    War is closer than we think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's just simple shit that would require a fucking moron to spread it..

    There's more then likely far more brutal methods the US could use to shutdown a countries "compooter networks" with how much stuff is vulnerable for "ease of use" and "easy plug and play access".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 21/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Replying to an old comment, but no, this is not the case. This is one of the few modern viruses that can infect computers without any action on the part of the user. It abuses a flaw in the built-in Windows network file sharing system that allows a computer on a network to execute code (for example to install a virus) on another computer on the same network. Once one person on the network installs the virus (by being an idiot) everyone on the network is fucked unless they've updated Windows recently enough to not be vulnerable (unless they have WinXP, which didn't get fixed until after the initial spread of this virus).

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    reason to hate the NSA even more

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    Comment by cpc65
    09:21 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Aw, shucks. All those traffic cops can't watch porn at their desks now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hey! I-I am a good cop! I d-don't watch illicit websites o-on my desk! H-how dare you!

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:22 17/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, right. You use your smartphone in the bathroom 6 hours a day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 23/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure Sankaku Complex is one of your bookmarks senpai

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fact a lot of people use XP windows just gone and ditched em

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 17/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shadowrun - Crash Virus of 2029 - no one knows who made the CRASH Virus and ruined computer networks in the year 2029 and killed everyone attached to their computers via DataJacks in their foreheads using the virtual reality Matrix Internet. But its up to Echo Mirage the elite team of government hackers to dive in and rescue the world from cyber destruction but at what cost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 19/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oopsie I guess their ripoff of Windows, NeoKylin, didn't get the security update we received months ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 17/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soooo why should we care about china getting hacked??

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell is going on? This, hospitals in EU, and newest Pirate's of the Caribbean movie held "hostage"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rofl the ATM Machine can't even pay for its own ransom XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    In before the Washington Post or CNN finds a way to blame this entirely on Trump.

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    Comment by cats2
    22:39 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    US seems to be blaming it on North Korea....after they launched a missile after fuhrer Trump told them not to.

    Easy way to get the rest of asia mad at them when only South Korea and Japan seem to care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:00 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    those are paid propaganda news media machines.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't worry, while the left propaganda sites are working on the anti-Trump angle, the right propaganda sites are working on the pro-Trump, Russian, NK, or some other foreigner angle.

    As far as I am concerned, they can all go get fucked.

    The only good thing that came out of this is a good British netizen came out with a way to temporary combat this, and then the left and right media machines of the UK fucked him by releasing all his private info against his wishes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 23/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "the left and right media machines of the UK fucked him by releasing all his private info against his wishes"

    how's that a good thing again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    How did the virus even get onto networks in the first place? Did people open up attachments from emails or some shit? I mean, I've not installed updates on my home PC with Win7 for years and I don't know how this could have happened without people doing things they shouldn't b e doing. Was this virus done because of that? Would system updates and antivirus have stopped it before it did anything? Because that's what the media told us. They said "Update your system goy.. I mean guys!" Is that it?

    Interestingly enough my PC has over the years, even with updates disabled, restarted and installed updates. Microsoft can force updates it seems. I wish I knew how to block it. In fact, my PC restarted randomly today. Was this a forced stealth update or some shit?

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    Comment by HalOgen
    18:21 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it "Love Machine" from Summer Wars coming true~?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Summer Wars is as contrived about cyber warfare as this article is about how much this affects the internet on a global scale, and how little this affected those with certain cracked version of earlier Win OS with or without patches.

    Since their vital government functions runs on a few certain older modified linux, just like a lot of other places, so long as they are not running wine, they should have nothing to fear this time.

    I would not know since I use the real deal for my gaming, and linux for many of my important datas. Too bad I can't run some of the older anime/manga games without older Win OS, that is why I keep those older PC disconnected.

    I am only worried about another few of my important PC half a world away, since I can't remote access them anymore, and the users are about as computer illiterate yet active as possible.

    I also hope this PC is as patched as possible, but tbh all this smells fishy, like it is a new way for all of us to "free upgrade" to 10 as beta testers for 10.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    That said, I like anime and Summer wars was decently okay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    skynet would be unmentionable ;p

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah! good ! It's what they get for pirating windows and not getting the security updates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This bug has even gotten legit Windows 10 systems and MS had to roll out a fix quickly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was patched last month after the nsa leak. So unless your system wasnt updated...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then what about people who not pirating Windows but got infected? Lol.

    I'm using pirate Windows since 98 to today on 7 and still fine, no antivirus or anything just adblocker and common sense, never get any virus.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Easy enough just download the patch from windows itself they make exceptionware and patches available for these cases and torrent the updates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Non that you would know of, anyway. A straight out virus.exe is extremely rare nowadays. Most of the shit comes through cookies on websites and installs automatically without you noticing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    sorry no you can't be infected by cookies

    they are merely text files, they can't be executed to run any code.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    We got an expert h4x0r right here!

    I bet he could infected everyone with his cookies!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you think "no hacker can get into your network" then you are extremely naive.
    Sure, 9 year old kids won't hax your network from their mother's laptop. But there are always vulnerabilities that can be exploited. So it's not like "hackers" can't "hack" you, it's just that there is no reason to do so.

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    Comment by Riiku
    03:34 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the shit can be 100% avoided if you got half a brain in your skull.

    Yeah, I feel like a fucking elitist because I would bet $1 000 000 that not a single hacker could get my networks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You clearly don't know what you're talking about if you think a pirated OS can't receive updates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also, the WannaCry exploit was only just recently patched.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    why the hell is port 445 open on an atm, what the hell do they need smb mounts for ?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    that's what they get for using old pirate copies of windows2000 for their atm and police computers; a nation of thieves getting a taste of justice

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My brother works in software engineering in that field and he told me that 70% of atms in the world use Windows XP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah and normally that is not a problem asuming the setup is sufficiently hardened.
    But obviously that isn't the case in China it seems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    True and it's pretty reckless.
    The funny thing IT infrastructure was more secure back in the days before wintel's dominance as the same exploit could not be used on every system so a hacker would have to use a different exploit for each platform.
    Plus you didn't have code bloat such as an SMB server/client existing on an ATM which has absolutely no need for one.

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    09:47 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really due to pirated but no updates ,no firewalls ,no anti virus,or having unnecessary services installed in embedded applications.
    Such as does an ATM or POS terminal even need an SMB client enabled?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny, my old win2k workstation that I use nearly daily works just fine as well as my xp machine, yet I just got done reinstalling win10 on a 3 month old hp laptop for someone due to this ransomware being installed.

    This has nothing to do with what version of windows being run, it is 100% system administrator incompetence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dumbass, this doesn't just affect 'old pirated copies' of Windows 2000, it even affects legitimate Windows 10 users, the exploit was patched in March.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    stupid cunt, that's a win2k taskbar. figure it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny how you are correct about a number of cracked versions not having any issues.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 15/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, it really makes you think. Its most likely that it just uses windows ME or w/e like a lot of simple machines run, and by default they dont have any real firewall setup, and theres a few nasty default services that can be exploited.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    True that. Really, SMB should be disabled on any client that does not actively NEED that service enabled.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Laziness as it's definitely not needed for an ATM.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 16/05/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess again. Nearly ALL ATM's use Windows of some form. Now if you mean that SMB does not need to be enabled, that I can get behind.

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