Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Global hack spares Kingdom

Global hack spares Kingdom

A computer runs Windows in an office building in Washington, DC, last week. An unprecedented cyberattack affected Windows systems in more than 150 countries and struck state agencies and major companies around the world, but appears to have missed the Kingdom. Andrew Caballeto-Reynolds/AFP
A computer runs Windows in an office building in Washington, DC, last week. An unprecedented cyberattack affected Windows systems in more than 150 countries and struck state agencies and major companies around the world, but appears to have missed the Kingdom. Andrew Caballeto-Reynolds/AFP

Global hack spares Kingdom

The head of an industry telecom body said Cambodia had so far been untouched by a global cyberattack that has affected over 200,000 victims across 150 countries.

Starting on Friday, ransomware, dubbed “WannaCry”, had penetrated PCs connected to the internet – particularly those running old Windows XP software – encrypting a victim’s files and demanding $300 to unlock the data. The malware is believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency, and was made public in April by hacking group Shadow Brokers, according to Agence France Presse.

Steven Path, president of ICT Federation of Cambodia, said his group had not seen any attacks so far among its members but were still trying to gather more information on the hack.

“It seems to be spreading very fast across Europe and the US,” he said. “We have not heard of any attacks in Cambodia.”

Path said the federation was collecting information about the attack and would send an advisory to its members soon on potential warning signs to detect imminent attacks.

The malware has so far affected major corporations, such as FedEx and French carmaker Renault, but has also infected government institutions in Russia and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.

Steve Miller, general manager at internet service provider Today Communications, said his firm was yet to detect an attack but was still assessing the situation.

Sou Bunsou, a deputy at the Interior Ministry’s Cybercrimes Department, declined to comment, directing queries to ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, who could not be reached yesterday. Multiple officials at the Telecommunications Ministry said they were unaware of the attack.

MOST VIEWED

  • Rainsy stopped in Paris from boarding Thai flight

    Airline officials at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Thursday prevented Sam Rainsy from boarding his flight to Bangkok ahead of his announced return to Cambodia on Saturday. Prime Minister Hun Sen had earlier in the day assured Phnom Penh residents that there would be

  • Analyst: Rainsy blocked from boarding flight 'an excuse'

    THAI Airways not allowing Sam Rainsy on its route from Paris to Bangkok on Thursday is being used as an excuse to keep his standing among fellow coup plotters and his uninformed supporters as flights to non-Asean countries are available, an analyst said on Friday.

  • Rainsy lands in Malaysia

    Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday afternoon after boarding a flight from Paris, where he has been living for more than four years. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Koy Kuong said on Saturday that Cambodia respected

  • Touch: Rainsy will never return

    Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has claimed it has achieved 70 per cent of its struggle to find a solution to the current political situation in the Kingdom. Just before boarding a plane at Charles de Gaulle

  • Sokha continues call for dropping of charge after bail conditions reduced

    Not satisfied with having his bail conditions reduced, allowing him to travel freely in Cambodia, Kem Sokha says he wants his charge totally dropped. “As an innocent man who has been in detention for two years even without being found guilty, I continue to demand

  • Prayut indicates no entry into Thailand for CNRP’s Rainsy

    Cambodian government officials on Wednesday welcomed the position of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha after he indicated that Sam Rainsy would not be allowed to return to Cambodia through Thailand. “According to our commitment to Asean, we will not interfere in each other’s internal