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Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'

Microsoft President: Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call'

Many people in fact believe someone at NSA must have tipped Microsoft that the files had been stolen, which is how it knew it needed to push out that particular patch, said Ryan Kalember of Proofpoint, a Sunnyvale, Calif. -based security firm whose researchers were instrumental in fighting the the WannaCry attack.

The global ransomware plague started infecting computers on Friday, abusing an exploit discovered by the NSA that was leaked to the public by the Shadow Brokers hacker group.

However, others focused the blame at institutions for being too slow in updating their systems, given that this attack happened nearly two months after a (free) fix was made available by Microsoft. If your computer is infected by WannaCry, experts agree the best solution is to wipe it clean and restore it from a recent backup. Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, said in a statement that there is no evidence that files will be returned after a payment is made.

He said, "We take every single cyberattack on a Windows system seriously, and we've been working around the clock since Friday to help all our customers who have been affected by this incident".

It crippled Britain's National Health Service; patients expecting scheduled operations were turned away. Russia's Interior Ministry and several Chinese universities were also affected.

CERT-In has been on an overdrive advising critical infrastructure agencies including banks, airports, telecom networks and stock markets to take precautions against the ransomware attack by downloading software "patches". Because numerous computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago. So even people with older computers should update them.




The attack has effected governments, hospitals and corporations, especially those running outdated computer systems. Install all Windows updates. 5.

"We are testing software to counter the attack of the ransomware and it is progressing".

The hackers remain anonymous for now, but it appears that they are amateurs. It gives incentives to hackers and pays for future attacks.

Sumon Ahmed Sabir, Chief Technology Officer of Fiber-at-Home, said that some personal computers too have been infected by ransomware. "I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn [on] their machines on Monday morning".

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 U.K. government's cyber office put it succinctly: "T$3 he way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks".


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