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Microsoft Slams Governments For Global 'WannaCrypt' Attacks

17 May 2017

The software first attacked Britain's National Health Service and then it spread to 150 more countries. The WannaCry malware is shaping up to be one of the largest of its kind, infecting almost a quarter-million computers in 150 nations since it was launched on Friday. The modus operandi of the ransomware is to attack computers to encrypt important files.

Microsoft has also released patches for Windows XP and Windows 8, which the company no longer supports. "It would arguably be knowingly negligent to let those systems stay in place".

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Officials said the government reacted swiftly to the ransomware attack, issuing several of advisories to field offices across the state. "That's liability to individuals, consumers and patients". ATM machines run on Windows software which have been proved vulnerable to attack and more than 60 percent of the 2.25 lakh ATMs in the country run on the outdated Windows XP. One month earlier, Microsoft had released a patch targeting the vulnerability. "This included a decision to take additional steps to assist users with older systems that are no longer supported", Smith notes.

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Germany's savings banks, the largest and most powerful financial group in the country, received reminders from the group's information technology company to install updates.

Since serving customers online is now part of banks' bread and butter, you would expect cyber-security to be at the very top of their priorities. LinkedIn settled for $1.25 million in 2014. He says Chinese security companies have been offering their help.

STAFF battled to take up the slack at the North Middlesex University Hospital after scores of ambulances were diverted there and trauma patients admitted following a major national cyber attack.

"It isn't clear that there has been a harm to consumers", he said.

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'There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred although we are trying to confirm that, ' he said.

Microsoft itself is unlikely to face legal trouble over the flaw in Windows being exploited by WannaCry, according to legal experts.

Cyber security expert Justin Cappos is a professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Courts have consistently upheld those agreements, he said.

'There have also been other reports made to our online cyber security network and the difficulty is of course there are literally hundres of instances of ransomware in Australia each week and so we are now seeking to confirm whether these are examples of the particular ransomware that has cause so much havoc for example in the United Kingdom'. "It is very hard to hold software manufacturers accountable for flaws in their products". Many businesses and government agencies have been slow to harden defenses against cyber attacks - some because of complacency, some because of the expense.

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