Putin's power move thwarted as cyber attacks could be shut down in under a second

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Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, western countries, including the UK, have faced with a barrage of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure, many of which were Moscow-sponsored. Last week, the US warned Britain that it could be the victim of a “9/11-style” cyber attack unless it faces up to the “magnitude of the threat” posed by this new type of warfare.

However, the UK is not defenceless against cyber warfare, as researchers from Cardiff University have developed new method that could automatically detect and kill cyberattacks on our laptops, computers and smart devices in under a second.

Using artificial intelligence to detect malware, the scientists have found that their new technology successfully prevents up to 92 percent of files on a computer from being corrupted, with it taking just 0.3 seconds on average for a piece of malware to be wiped out.

In a study published in the journal Security and Communications Networks, the team noted that this is the first time a method has been developed that can both detect and kill malicious software in real-time.

The researchers believe that this breakthrough can transform modern cybersecurity industry, and prevent major attacks such as the recent WannaCry cyberattack that hit the NHS in 2017.

In May 2017, thousands of computers around the world were infected by a ransomware known as Wannacry, which encrypted the data on infected computers and demanded a ransom payment in Bitcoin to allow users access to their data.

According to the National Audit Office, WannaCry was the largest cyber attack to affect the NHS in England, although individual trusts had been attacked before May 12.

READ MORE: US warns UK of ‘9/11-style’ attack on critical infrastructure by Putin



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