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WannaCry Influences Companies to Stock Bitcoin for Ransomware Emergencies

Irune Rengel | 19 May, 2017, 23:23

The attack has reportedly hit 74 countries including the United Kingdom, U.S., China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan.

Payment in crypto-currency bitcoin helps hackers cover their tracks.

"Two months prior to the May 12 attack, Microsoft received a tip regarding the server vulnerability".

Smartphones haven't seen an attack on the scale of WannaCry because their operating systems tend to stay up-to-date. Within 24 hours of the attack, a malware researcher had discovered a "kill switch" to stop the unchecked spread of the malware, but he also issued an ominous warning sure to reverberate in the days and weeks to come: "People need to update their systems ASAP!"

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Since the beginning of the attack, WannaCry has already caused massive disruption around the globe. "This attack is ongoing and, while less flashy than WannaCry, is nonetheless quite large and potentially quite disruptive". The ransomware affected organizations using Windows XP, an unsupported, outdated operating system.

The latest ransomware attack sent the world into turmoil this week. It has exposing the chaos - limited, thankfully, this time, but potentially, life-threateningly worse - that results when governments allow the creation of devastating hacking tools without any coherent policy on informing companies of those exploited vulnerabilities or what to do if the tools fall into risky hands.

Brad Smith, the President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft has blamed the practice of US's National Security Agency for developing hacking techniques to use against the own enemies of the USA government, while some others have blamed Microsoft's poor programming. To protect against WannaCry, newer Windows Versions can be patched with MS17-010, which Microsoft released in March.

CBC tech columnist Dan Misener says this type of ransomware has been around for more than 15 years, with early versions spread by floppy disk. Microsoft officially stopped providing security support for XP in 2014 but issued an emergency patch in response to the latest attacks. "At some point, organizations which don't update or patch their software even in the face of a steady stream of security threats can't expect their suppliers to fix things for them".

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The cybercriminals have generally targeted hospitals, academic institutions, blue-chip companies and businesses like movie theater chains. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", the company declared.

Then there's the USA government, whose Windows hacking tools were leaked to the internet and got into the hands of cybercriminals. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.

Echoing that view, the former government official said: "One way to view it might be: they made a defective product that the current laws don't make them liable for, and force you to buy a new product otherwise you are vulnerable to harm from the existing product".

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Fortunately the situation was not as bad as previously thought, probably because networking experts at companies and government agencies around the world updated their softwares over the weekend to block the infiltration of the virus.

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