Nations around globe boosting precautions as cyberattacks rampant


Cyberattacks are becoming a major threat globally as hundreds of thousands of computers are becoming prey to viruses and hackers. The attacks originated in Asia, where there were initial reports in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. However, there are concerns that these attacks could spread far beyond their epicenter. As a result, U.S. officials are responding. President Trump ordered his homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, to coordinate a U.S. response to the spreading computer virus. The source of the attacks is unknown, so part of Mr. Bossert’s prerogative is finding the creator of the malware. According to Whitehouse officials, the code is difficult to trace because it is a conglomeration of various codes originating from various sources. The United States is especially taking a cautious approach to the malware attack because of recent issues with security leaks. Over the past few months, a hacking group called the Shadow Brokers has been targeting the National Security Agency and publishing classified information. The U.S. has not yet been targeted by this new wave of malware yet, but the cyberattack has already hit more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, according to Rob Wainwright, the executive director of Europol, which is Europe’s police agency. A variety of nations have already been hit by the attacks, including the Spanish telecom Telefonica, the French automaker Renault, several Chinese universities, Germany railway system and Russia’s Interior Ministry. The greatest impact has been felt by Britain’s healthcare system. As a result of the cyberattacks, a number of surgeries had to be rescheduled, while other patients were simply turned away from emergency rooms. Measures are already being taken to secure computer systems from the continued spread of the malware following warnings from Malware Tech, a leading security expert. According to spokesmen from this company, a less-vulnerable version of the malware is likely to be released in the coming weeks. This has left global cybersecurity experts worried that security specialists might not be able to keep pace with the problem as the malware advances.The Chinese government has shown even more support by granting tax breaks to coastal cities home to big local fishing companies. As a result of China’s dominance in global fishing, West African nations like Senegal that rely on fisheries are facing economic turmoil. Because of this conflict of interests, China has already been in and is set for my maritime clashes.


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