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Justice chief orders cyber security boost

Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation and the Cybercrime Division of the Department of Justice to intensify cyber security measures in the wake of the massive worldwide WannaCrypt ransomware attacks.

“Let us do what we can to monitor and step up our cyber security measures to prevent or at least minimize the adverse effects of the ransomware attacks on our system,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said that so far, there is no report of a WannaCrypt attack in the Philippines.

In a report posted by Danny Palmer of ZDNet.com, businesses, governments, and individuals in 74 countries across the globe have been victims of more than 45,000 attacks by this one strain of ransomware in cyberspace in just a few hours. (PNA and Rey G. Panaligan)