link could lead to hackers: UN - 15th ay 2017
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enforcement agencies may be able to track down the
ransomware hackers behind Friday's global hit through
computer currency Bitcoin, the UN's cyber-security
Walsh, the UN's head of global cyber-crime, said while
ransomware attacks have been occurring for some time,
he has never seen an attack on such a large scale
added that those behind the hit will likely be feeling
nervous by the global attention.
said the UN has been warning for a number of years
that ransomware is one of the biggest threats to businesses.
warned it is now a wake-up call for all governments
and law enforcement agencies to work together to prevent
further crippling attacks.
from his office in Vienna, Walsh said there are a
lot of investigative opportunities around Bitcoin
to track down the ransomware hackers.
is a virtual currency created in 2009 by an unknown
person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto and is being
increasingly used to move criminal proceeds.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) teaches
investigators and prosecutors around the world how
to track a Bitcoin transaction online, even if people
are trying to hide it or anonymise it.
said: 'When you demand a ransom, you have to get that
money back. If you can't cash that value or turn it
into something, then it doesn't do anything for your
criminal business model.
the past month alone we have trained investigators
and prosecutors in over 40 countries on how to investigate
Bitcoin transactions and how to link those transactions
to find an individual or entity.
that is the risk (for the hackers) if they start to
get payments coming back. It gives us opportunities
to investigate and identify.'
added that due to the notoriety of the cyber-hit,
those responsible will be feeling nervous about being
said: 'If I was the person or persons who had sent
this and you hit over 100 countries and you hit big
players - the US, Russia, China, the UK - I'd be nervous.'
can rest assured that global law enforcement effort
will be looking at identifying the origin of this.'