NCCST: Virus links blocked from government server network

The National Center for Cyber Security Technology (NCCST) said Sunday that they have blocked the links related to a global virus from reaching the government's computer server network.

On Friday, unidentified sources launched a large scale cyber-attack using a new ransomware called WannaCry. The ransomware targets computers that use Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. It blocks access to key information in infected computers and demands ransom payments in order to access that information. Europol -- the EU's police organization -- has described the scale of the attack as unprecedented as it has so far infected more than 200,000 computers in over 100 countries.

In Taiwan, Cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung said none of the government's computers have been affected so far, despite a few reported cases of infection among the general public.

Officials from NCCST say that they have blocked the server links from the place where the virus is dispatched. They have called on all government employees to update their computers with the latest security patch from Windows 10. They have also urged government departments in charge of finance, communications and healthcare to closely monitor the situation, and report any abnormal activity to the Cabinet.

Source: Radio Taiwan International