WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack is a 'wake-up call', says Microsoft
WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack is a 'wake-up call', says Microsoft
19 May, 2017, 17:14
The attack is unique, according to Europol, because it combines ransomware with a worm function, meaning once one machine is infected, the entire internal network is scanned and other vulnerable machines are infected.
The virus - leaked by the prominent hacker group "The Shadow Brokers" through exploited tools from the National Security Agency - spreads via email, with users being locked out of their computers until having paid the $300 ransom. But, Conficker does no immediate damage and hides so that it can use infected computers as part of a "botnet" to send out spam and fake antivirus software. "Unfortunately, most people don't have them", Abrams says.
The severity of the attack - United Kingdom hospitals in several cases asked only those with life-threatening or severe conditions to seek care at facilities affected by the virus - has prompted an intense debate among computer executives, former intelligence officials, and activists about who exactly is to blame for the attack. "Most of the ATMs in Kerala function on Windows software".
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Lawrence Abrams, a New York-based blogger who runs BleepingComputer.com, says many organizations don't install security upgrades because they're anxious about triggering bugs, or they can't afford the downtime.
Bossert added that US officials were not disregarding the possibility that the global cyberattack was a "state action".
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The identity of whoever deployed the software remains unknown.
"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Smith said. In addition to numerous public radio programs, he has reported for Reuters, PBS NewsHour, The Diplomat, and The Atlantic.
Smith also noted that Microsoft had issued a patch for the vulnerability in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol exploited by WannaCry on March 14. Those who hadn't installed those patches before the "WannaCry" outbreak now have another reminder of how crucial it is to stay up-to-date.
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Microsoft added that "this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". Seconds after the researcher registered the domain, the malware stopped propagating. The cyber attack has dominated headlines for a number of days, with hackers requiring payment to allow users back into an estimated 230,000 computer systems across the world.
Microsoft itself is unlikely to face legal trouble over the flaw in Windows being exploited by WannaCry, according to legal experts. Note this means that the backup can't be on your computer but should be in the cloud or on an external hard drive.
Keep all the software on your computer up-to-date. And remember that any account can be compromised. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files. You can find the patch here.
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The Reporters Without Borders association said in a statement that the process could be used as a way to pressure media. The statement added that the have voiced readiness to develop "traditionally friendly" economic, politic.
IT providers and security firms are encouraging companies and users to make sure they install the official patch from Microsoft . Then there's the US government, whose Windows hacking tools were leaked to the internet and got into the hands of cybercriminals.
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