China warns of virus UIWIX similar to ransomware


Beijing, May 18: Chinese authorities warned risk of a new cyber attack similar to WannaCry ransomware that has affected over 150 countries since last week.

The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre (CVERC) and software company AsiaInfo on Wednesday detected the “UIWIX” virus, which is spreading in a similar way like the “WannaCry” ransomware, Xinhua news agency reported.

Both viruses use security holes in the Microsoft Windows operating systems and limit users from accessing the computer or files unless they pay a ransom, CVERC deputy head Chen Jianmin said.

No infections have been reported in China as yet. The virus usually renames files with the extension “.UIWIX”.

“WannaCry 2.0” was also discovered by Beijing authorities earlier this week.

Over 30,000 companies affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack in China included hospitals, train stations, universities, government offices, post offices and gas stations.

CNPC, the powerful state-controlled oil company also affected by ransomware, forced to disconnect the servers of more than 20,000 service stations.

Wefornews Bureau

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