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PNG Government warn against cyber attack

The PNG Government is warning business houses, system operators and the general public to take measures to protect their computer systems and other devices.

This is amidst the recent global cyber-attack that has hit 300,000 victims in 15 countries.

Acting Secretary for the Department of Communication and Information, Paulias Korni, said the Department together with NICTA have commenced work on developing the National Cyber Security Strategy.

The virus is a ransomware, known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry has caused computers around the world to encrypt files, lock up files on computers and demand payment to regain access.

Computer security experts in Hong Kong are warning against making payments because there is no guarantee that the hackers will unlock the files. This is also to stop encouraging them.

Mr. Korni said with support from the International Telecommunication Union, NICTA and the Department of Communication & Information are working on a National Cyber Security Strategy that should pave way for a nationally coordinated approach in responding to such attacks.

Researchers have advised users to be more careful when opening their personal computers and not to open emails, links or attachments that look suspicious and to further refrain from sending chain emails.

They have also advised users to make a backup of important files using a virus free flash drive or external hard drive.

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