In the wake of a massive ransomware attack on US and UK governments, cybersecurity experts have called for new laws to be enacted to prevent ransomware attacks.
While it is unclear how the ransomware attacks could have been carried out, the ransomware’s authors have suggested it is possible that an “anonymous” hacker with access to a compromised server has been behind the attacks.
The ransomware has also claimed responsibility for the attacks, but that has not been confirmed.
“Ransomware attacks are usually very complex, so we are seeing new ransomware-inspired attacks,” the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Cybersecurity Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This is another reason for the urgency of legislation, which will also prevent the spread of the [Ransomy ransomware] virus to new targets.”
Read more: The US National Science Foundation has published a paper on the ransomware, called “WannaCry.”
It details the ransomware as being distributed via an encrypted email attachment, and has been called the “world’s first ransomware.”
“This ransomware campaign has now been decimated and the cybercriminals behind it have been defeated,” the statement reads.
“It is clear that this ransomware campaign, and its creators, are no longer able to operate as a viable threat.”
“As the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies have made clear, the most effective way to combat cybercrime is to protect Americans and their businesses from ransomware, cybercrimons, and other online intrusions,” the report concludes.
“In order to combat this threat, the US Government must take action to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of the private sector and to strengthen our nation’s cyber defenses.”
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