White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

Bryan Strickland
May 16, 2017

15 de mayo de 2017, 18:19Washington, May 15 (Prensa Latina) No US federal system was damaged by the recent global cyber-attack with a ransomware virus, the Homeland Security Advisor to the White House, Tom Bossert, asserted today.

Bossert said the ransomware has three variants but patching systems can help protest against all these variants. "This was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data".

Tom Bossert says the US government has been closely monitoring the attack, which has affected an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries.

In a press conference, the official said that a small number of USA companies were victims of the attack, including the courier delivery service company FedEx.

"The ransomware has disrupted telecommunications companies, hospitals, and other organizations".

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The impact of the massive global cyber attack on the United States is not as severe as in some other countries, the White House has said, noting that less than Dollars 70,000 has been paid in ransoms as a result of this. However, he said there was "extremely minimal" effect on patient care, according to his communication with United Kingdom officials.

"That was something quite evident in my conversation".

Bossert stated that the US infection rate has been lower than in other parts of the world, but could see additional incidents as malware attacks morph.

Secretary Kelly continued to lead public-private coordination operations and his team is issuing twice daily situation reports, holding multiple calls per day among experts in operation centers managing the response. "Despite appearing to be criminal activity meant to raise money, it appears that less than $70,000 has been paid in ransoms and we are not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery". Bossert directed businesses and individuals to follow DHS, FBI, and Microsoft mitigation advice to patch systems. "If you do, you'll be subject to extraordinarily susceptible infection", Bossert said.

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