LG Takes Systems Offline Due to WannaCry Infection
South Korean electronics manufacturer LG is the latest big name hit by ransomware, as part of the network operated by the company in the domestic market was shut down earlier this month due to WannaCry infection.
First spotted in May this year, WannaCry is a form of ransomware exploiting a Windows vulnerability that has already been patched by Microsoft shortly after the outburst. The software giant has even shipped emergency patches for Windows XP in an attempt to keep users protected, so the only thing system administrators need to do is deploy the latest updates to block the infection.
This never happened on LG’s systems, however, and a self-service kiosk operated by the company in South Korea has recently been compromised with WannaCry.
Still not known how WannaCry reached computers
While it’s not known how many computers in LG’s network were compromised, the company decided to shut down a number of systems to prevent the ransomware from spre… (read more)