cyber attack


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cyber attack

The disruption of a computer (system) with viruses, worms, or other malware.
See also: attack
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A separate Qualtrics survey of 510 IT decision-makers on cybersecurity found that 15 percent of respondents thought WannaCry was not a known cyber attack, while 14 percent thought the same of NotPetya.
Although the Philippines ranks 37th out of 193 states in terms of cyber security preparedness, data from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation also showed that globally, the country ranks 10th in falling prey to cyber attacks.
There is a very clear disconnect between New Zealand businesses and cyber attacks being deemed a relevant threat.
UK businesses were subjected to more than 600 cyber attacks a day during the third quarter of 2017, according to a new data from Beaming, the business ISP.
When asked more specifically about systemic cyber attack scenarios in the next 12 months, respondents gave top rankings to a simultaneous attack of 15 financial services firms that cuts off service (known as a distributed denial of service, or DDoS attack) and a simultaneous mass data theft of 10 health care companies (hospitals, pharmacies and insurers) due to flaws in electronic medical records software.
Ethiopia is one of the 11 African countries targeted by the latest cyber attack.
4WHO BARTS Health Trust, the largest NHS Trust in England, was hit by a ransomware cyber attack in January which could have affected thousands of files.
According to the oil ministry, the cyber attack was carried out through a virus penetration that damaged users' hard disks, but failed.
It accused the South of making the cyber attack claim in order to justify a controversial new "anti-terrorism" law.
Two 16-year-old boys and a 20-year-old man have also been arrested since the cyber attack last month.
In addition, the council said financial institutions should implement effective business continuity plans for responding to this type of cyber attack to ensure the resiliency of their operations.
A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with the cyber attack on TalkTalk has been released on bail.