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Don’t get caught in the next wave.

Security experts are warning that the global cyberattack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new workweek as users return to their offices and turn on their computers.

Many workers, particularly in Asia, had logged off on Friday before the malicious software, stolen from the United States government, began proliferating across computer systems around the world. So the true effect of the attack may emerge on Monday as employees return and log in.

Moreover, copycat variants of the malicious software behind the attacks have begun to spread, according to experts. “We are in the second wave,” said Matthieu Suiche of Comae Technologies, a cybersecurity company based in the United Arab Emirates. “As expected, the attackers have released new variants of the malware. We can surely expect more.”

This monster seems to be mainly aimed at Microsoft products. For God’s sake, update everything and protect yourselves. Yesterday, a former NSA hacker friend told me where to find a video lecture on this system (also by a former NSA hacker) and how to beat it – that I totally forgot…. Another friend, a brewery consultant, had copious amounts of his latest creation on hand… Umm….

Anyway, the hunt is on (even as I suggested Friday) for the attackers.

International investigators are hunting for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout.

The assault, which began Friday and was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack, struck state agencies and major companies around the world — from Russian banks and British hospitals to FedEx and European car factories.

“The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits,” said Europol, Europe’s police agency.

Europol said a special task force at its European Cybercrime Centre was “specially designed to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation”.

Be careful when you open emails. Except from me. My email list is ready for a beta-test and I may (after this crap settles) soon send out a salvo. It’ll be fun. Promise.


Brain Pop.