MCMC yet to receive reports on WannaCry attacks

salleh-wannacry-attackKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has yet to receive any official report on alleged “WannaCry” ransomware attacks in the country, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said today.

This is despite the National Security Council (NSC) announcing in a statement today that it has detected threats of the malware in Malaysia.

“So far MCMC has not received any official reports on the ransomware, although I read media reports saying that there were 10 attacks taking place in the country,” he told reporters after attending an event at a hotel here.

Without elaborating on where the alleged attacks had taken place, he added, “If there is an official report, we will not hesitate to take action.”

He added that the government is working to heighten its cyber security defence capability to prevent such attacks.

“The ransomware attacks are happening in the whole world and we must be cautious with whatever that happens on cyber space so we do not fall victim,” he said.

It was reported that two local companies had been hit by WannaCry ransomware three days after the malicious software was released worldwide.

The Star Online reported IT security services company LGMS as saying that the first case in the country involved a director of one of its clients, who came across the ransomware on his personal laptop on Saturday morning.

WannaCry works by locking up files on a computer and encrypting them in a way that denies the owner access to them.

The programme then demands payment through the Bitcoin digital payment system to make the files accessible again.

However, security experts warn there is no guarantee that access will be granted after the payment is made.

Some ransomwares that encrypt files raise the payment demand even higher after a few days while threatening to delete the files altogether.

More than 99 countries were hit by the WannaCry outbreak last Friday.

Security experts have said they are unsure how many victims were paying the ransoms, or if access was being restored after such payments.

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