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Microsoft Criticizes Government Creation of Hacking Tools

19 May 2017

This time it was in the form of so-called ransomware known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt that encrypts files on Windows computers and demands payment for the decryption code needed to unlock the data.

In China, the internet security company Qihoo360 issued a "red alert" saying that a large number of colleges and students in the country had been affected by the ransomware. "As expected, the attackers have released new variants of the malware".

An infection map shows not only Andhra Pradesh, but also several other spots in India under threat.

The Inquirer reported that in May 2015, the United Kingdom government - whose health services were affected by WannaCry - would not renew its Windows XP support agreement with Microsoft. It then turned the direction of its taunts towards Microsoft, saying that the Redmond giant is blaming the intelligence agency for not fessing up money to protect these vulnerabilities from being leaked out in the open.

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Further, the RBI has asked banks to follow the instructions of government firm Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) to prevent the attack by ransomware, "WannaCry", which has impacted various IT networks in over 150 countries.

The central government had earlier said the ongoing ransomware cyberattack didn't have a serious impact in the country. The 22-year-old cyber security researcher has warned everyone to patch their systems before it's too late to escape the attack.

It should be noted that Microsoft makes it clear that when an older operating system reaches end-of-life, it no longer receives free support.

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the U.K.to Russia, Brazil and the USA were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

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Since increasing numbers of systems running older versions of Windows were affected, Microsoft had made a decision to push an emergency patch for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, urging users to deploy the patch as soon as possible to limit the impact of WannaCry.

Also, a gentle reminder that Microsoft is a business, not a charitable entity.

When Microsoft sells its operating system software it does so through a licence agreement that states the company is not liable for any security breaches, thus shielding it from any legal complaints, points out Michael Scott, a professor at Southwestern Law School.

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