‘Hun­dreds of thou­sands of PCs in­fected in China’

New Straits Times - - Business -

SHANG­HAI: “Hun­dreds of thou­sands” of Chi­nese per­sonal com­put­ers (PCs) at nearly 30,000 in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing govern­ment agen­cies, were hit by the global ran­somware at­tack, said a lead­ing Chi­nese se­cu­rity-soft­ware provider, though it added that the Asian im­pact had oth­er­wise been rel­a­tively muted.

The en­ter­prise-se­cu­rity di­vi­sion of Qi­hoo 360, one of the coun­try’s lead­ing sup­pli­ers of anti-virus soft­ware, said 29,372 in­sti­tu­tions rang­ing from govern­ment of­fices to uni­ver­si­ties and hospi­tals had been “in­fected” as of late Satur­day.

State-owned oil gi­ant PetroChina said it had to dis­con­nect the net­works link­ing its petrol sta­tions na­tion­wide for 12 hours on Satur­day af­ter the com­pany’s In­ter­net pay­ment func­tions were dis­abled.

By late Sun­day, around 80 per cent of its net­work was back on­line, said PetroChina.

In Ja­pan, a spokesman for con­glom­er­ate Hi­tachi said on Mon­day the com­pany’s com­puter net­works were “un­sta­ble”, crip­pling its email sys­tems.

Au­thor­i­ties world­wide have is­sued alerts warn­ing com­puter users to be­ware of sus­pi­cious emails and beef up their com­puter se­cu­rity mea­sures. AFP

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