- Title: Some businesses in Asia disrupted by cyber attack, authorities brace for more
- Date: 15th May 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (MAY 15, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE STANDING AT CINEMA TICKETING OFFICE / BLACK SCREEN PEOPLE BUYING TICKET WITH SCREEN ABOVE THEM SHOWING MOVIE TRAILER AFTER BEING RECOVERED FOLLOWING CYBER-ATTACK SCREEN SHOWING MOVIE TRAILER PEOPLE WALKING PAST BLACK SCREEN
- Embargoed: 29th May 2017 08:46
- Keywords: cyber attack government cinema hospital South Korea Indonesia Asia cyberattack
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA/SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA/SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0036GY7XON
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Asian governments and businesses reported some disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware worm on Monday (May 15) but cybersecurity experts warned of a wider impact as more employees turned on their computers and checked e-mails.
At Indonesia's biggest cancer hospital, Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta, around 100 to 200 people were packed into the waiting rooms after the institution was hit by cyber-attacks affecting scores of computers. By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually though the hospital said 70 to 80 percent of systems were back online.
In South Korea, at least nine cases of disruption were identified, including a large multiplex cinema chain in the country, CJ CGV Co Ltd. A CGV spokesman said some of the advertisement servers had been affected by the ransomware, resulting in some of the advertisements before a movie showing the ransomware message. Movie screening itself was not affected.
The ransomware that has locked up hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries has been mainly spread by e-mail, hitting factories, hospitals, shops and schools worldwide.
Infected computers appear to largely be out-of-date devices that organizations deemed not worth the price of upgrading or, in some cases, machines involved in manufacturing or hospital functions that proved too difficult to patch without possibly disrupting crucial operations, security experts said.
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