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Microsoft to NSA: WannaCry is your fault

21 May 2017

The ransomware is known as WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r 2.0 or WCry and it's especially unsafe because it includes some sort of "worm functionality" that makes it more vicious than a regular ransomware attack.

On Friday, the Kaspersky Lab IT company registered about 45,000 ransomware attacks in 74 countries worldwide, with the largest number of targets in Russian Federation.

WannaCry ransomware worm has created havoc across the globe hitting about 150 countries and over 57,000 computers.

WannaCry ransomware had spread using a loophole in Microsoft windows operating systems that were initially found by the USA national security agency (NSA), which according to reports was using it in order to find a way to hack networks of terrorist groups, and was leaked by Shadow Brokers, which said that it had found the tools in agency's servers which the group had breached earlier. "The fact that so many computers remained vulnerable two months after the release of a patch illustrates this aspect".

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Make sure software patches are routinely applied. These types of infection usually exploit vulnerabilities in networks using Trojan links, seemingly innocuous attachments that deceptively contain a malicious ransomware.

Public sector agencies also have a luxury in the form of highly-skilled government experts from the likes of the National Cyber Security Centre who are available to ensure that critical services, such as the NHS, are kept operational.

Window XP, Windows Vista users are particularly at risk because some of these users might not have licensed version of the software, or might not have updated their computer.

Meanwhile, another computer of Community Health Center at Purushottampur was feared to have been hit by WannaCry.

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Timely OS update: Update your operating system to the latest version and install all patches. Microsoft operating system like XP, locking access to files on the computer, it infected computers running on old versions. Over the weekend in one of the most widespread cyber attacks in history. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

A ransomware that spread to more than 100 countries in just a few hours faced thousands with this very question. We can certainly question whether they are having much impact given the scale of the recent Ransomware attack.

Security agencies have so far not been able to identify who was behind the attack. Getting people to understand how is still a serious challenge. At least three companies and banks had paid up money in bitcoins to unlock their systems, said people familiar with the event.

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