Amman, May 15: Jordan has taken several measures to prevent any damage after an unprecedented global cyber-attack that wreaked havoc in more than 100 countries. Jordan started issuing messages to public agencies and civil servants outlining ways to deal with such attacks, especially via e-mails.
"Jordan is closely following up on the issue and there is intensive cooperation between the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and the National Information Technology Centre to take precautionary measures to prevent any harm," Nader Thneibat, secretary general of the ICT ministry, said. He added that the Ministry was following up on the cyber-attack and on all software targeting it.
The pace of the unprecedented attack by a destructive virus dubbed ‘‘WannaCry’’ slowed down late on Friday. Symantec predicted that infections so far would cost tens of millions of dollars, mostly from cleaning corporate networks. WannaCry exploited a vulnerability to spread itself across networks, a rare and powerful feature that caused infections to surge on Friday. Companies rushed to protect Windows systems with patches that Microsoft released last month and on Friday.
Code for exploiting that bug, which is known as ‘‘Eternal Blue’’, was released on the Internet in March by a hacking group known as the “Shadow Brokers”. The group claimed it was stolen from a repository of the US National Security Agency hacking tools. The identity of the “Shadow Brokers” is not known, though many security researchers believe they are based in Russia, which is a major source of ransom ware and was one of the countries hit first and hardest by WannaCry.