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Aguirre orders boost in cyber security amid ransomware global carnage

/ 09:09 AM May 14, 2017
Wary of a global attack by the 'WannaCry' ransomware, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has ordered the NBI to strengthen cyber security on its system. INQUIRER FILE

Wary of a global attack by the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has ordered the NBI to strengthen cyber security on all its systems. INQUIRER FILE

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to step up the government’s cyber security measures amid the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that is spreading around the globe.

The attack that started Friday caused chaos in businesses, governments and individuals in over 70 countries.

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The Wannacrypt ransomware demands $300 or the user’s files will be permanently deleted. It threatens the users to raise the ransom after a specific countdown.

READ: Global ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyberattack seeks cash for data

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So far, the Justice secretary said there were no reports of a ‘WannaCry’ attacks in the Philippines.

“Let us do what we can to monitor and step up our cyber security measures to prevent or at least minimize the adverse effects of the ‘ransomware’ attacks on our system,” Aguirre said Sunday.

“I gave the same instruction to the Cybercrime Division of the DOJ (Department of Justice),” Aguirre added. CBB

TOPICS: hacking, malware, NBI, News, ransomware, technology, Vitaliano Aguirre, WannaCry
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