Microsoft Blames Spy Agencies For Ransomware Attack

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The malware behind WannaCry (also called WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry) was reported to have been stolen from the NSA in April. The hackers behind the global cyberattack are still unidentified.

Noida cyber cell asked its residents to avoid clicking on any mail from unknown sources to prevent attacks from WannaCry Ransomware.

Bossert added that US officials were not disregarding the possibility that the global cyberattack was a "state action". For your system to become infected, you'll have to click on or downloading the attachment or file, which causes the program to run and infect your computer with ransomware.

And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action.

Tom Robinson, co-founder of Elliptic, a private security company in London that investigates ransomware attacks, said victims who fail to pay the $600 ransom could face being locked out of their computers permanently. The ransomware campaign was unprecedented in scale according to Europol, which estimates that around 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries.

The attack occurred after the USA's National Security Agency discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's software called EternalBlue.

The attacks exploit vulnerabilities in old Windows operating systems. "It takes time to upgrade all systems in an organization and train end users on the new features and functionality".

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Smith also emphasized that Microsoft is increasingly among the first responders to cyberattacks in the internet. Do not enable macros, cybersecurity company Symantec says.

Officials across the globe scrambled to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at vehicle factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft pinned blame on the U.S. government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities.

Smith said that Friday's attack demonstrated how cyber security was becoming a shared responsibility between customer and supplier.

"This attack is a powerful reminder that information technology basics like keeping computers current and patched are a high responsibility for everyone, and it's something every top executive should support", said Smith.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", Smith wrote. "We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", the company declared.

Drawing a comparison with the worldwide rules that apply to conventional weapons, Smith is urging governments to act more responsibly with what are basically cyber weapons.

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