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Cyberattack has not affected the US government, White House says

16 May 2017, 10:20 | Jan Cross

Cyberattack has not affected the US government, White House says

Man holds laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert waits to speak about the mass destruction offensive malware, Monday, May 15, 2017, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington.

President Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said an unprecedented global cyberattack - which has hit more than 200,000 hospitals, corporations, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries - sends an "urgent call for collective action" by governments throughout the world. He said a few US businesses, including FedEx, were affected. He added that as of yet no federal systems had been affected.

He added that the US government does not recommend paying the ransom and warned that making a payment to the hackers doesn't guarantee that access to computer files will be restored.

On Sunday, Microsoft slammed the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) because vulnerabilities used for the attack was first discovered by the spy agency, but it chose to keep them secret until they were stolen and leaked.

"The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center is also keeping us informed of the classified insights considering the investigation into the attacks", he told reporters at the daily White House news conference. However, a Microsoft security patch released in March should protect United States networks from the ransomware called, WannaCry.

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Bossert said he spoke to his counterpart in Great Britain and learned that "they have a feeling of control over this ransomware event".

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly "continues to lead operations and public/private coordination".

"While it would be satisfying to hold accountable those responsible for this hack - something that we are working on quite seriously - the worm is in the wild, so to speak at this point, and patching is the most important message as a result", he said.

Less than $70,000 in ransom had been paid as of Monday morning and Bossert said they were not aware of any data recovery.



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