Microsoft and NSA face off over cyber attack

Cyberattack effect Over 2 lakh ATMs in India to be closed for software update

Over the weekend, the firm made a decision to also release a similar patch for the XP system which the firm announced in 2014, it was no longer going to support. But because many customers were still using unsupported versions of XP, WannaCry rapidly infected a large number of systems when it emerged in May.

Much of the worldwide blame has been put on the NSA, which had created the exploits the virus has used to infect computers.

According to the company, "customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March".

Windows XP is so old, however, that Microsoft stopped updating it several years ago. Some reports Sunday suggested that this has already happened. Even though there are ways to install the latest updates on updates on Windows which are not genuine, Microsoft is also implementing restrictions every once in a while, so depending on the release, it could be more or less hard to patch a pirated Windows copy. For example, a hospital X-ray department using an XP-based machine might need a new version of the software that controls its X-ray machines.

In an analysis posted today, Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure explains that China and Russian Federation are two of the countries most severely hit by WannaCry, and there's a reason why this happened: the big number of computers running pirated Windows.

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However, WannaCry didn't just affect the public sector.

Kaspersky has listed Vietnam among the top 20 countries most affected by this ransomware; the other countries and territories include Russia, Ukraine, India, Taiwan, and mainland China.

The cyber-attack has disrupted NHS services in parts of England and Scotland since Friday afternoon. "Yet, when a serious vulnerability is discovered in software, many companies respond slowly or say it's not their problem'". And even finding a real person might be no help if they're in a jurisdiction that won't cooperate. "There are third-party providers out there that will offer off-site storage - specifically, for situations like this when you have a ransomware attack".

China Daily said that National Security Agency of United States of America should carry some responsibility for the attack which marks susceptibilities in Microsoft Corp systems and has septic about 30,000 Chinese officialdoms till Saturday.

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