Last Friday’s “WannaCry” cyberattacks left more than 200,000 computers crippled in more than 150 countries. The ransomware attack affected the United States among other countries, peaking at British NHS.
Workers across the globe were confronted with a message on their monitors that read, “Oops, your files have been encrypted!” and demanded 300 Bitcoins, as a form of untraceable cyber-payment.
No reports on EU institutions hacks
As European Commissioner in charge of Security Union Julian King has been following the situation since Friday evening when a number of organizations and companies worldwide were hit, no incidents are reported within the EU institutions.
“The Commission has no reports that any of the EU institutions or the EU agencies have been affected by this attack,” said the Berlaymont’s chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas.
“The use of cyber attacks for criminal purposes is an increasing threat which requires a coordinated and global response from the EU and its member states,” added Schinas, ahead of Commissioner King’s announcements in the following days from Strasbourg, where the weekly College of Commissioners is to take place.
”All stakeholders, public and private need to take the responsibility seriously,” adds the Commission, as the issue remains mostly a national competence. “While member states remain in the front line for much of this work, the EU has an important role to play in shaping and updating strategies to deal with these threats and reinforce the regulatory framework at EU level on cyber security and cyber crime.”
Europol and national authorities join powers.
The Commission will continue to follow the situation “very closely” according to the Berlamont, in close contact with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.
Along with the EU computer emergency response team, the affected countries computer security incidents response teams, cybercrime units and “key industry partners”, the Commission aims to mitigate threats and assist cyber attack victims.