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Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Microsoft released a patch to fix the exploit in March. Beginning by identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in a connected business chain, firms should then prioritise installing security updates, malware detection and anti-virus detection to complicate attackers' efforts, while enhancing detection and response capabilities for future attacks. "Unfortunately, many organizations delayed implementing the patch". But without the ability to receive security-focused software updates, those systems are left at risk. "In one of the cases, the attack was traced back to early April".

"Most of the Indian organisations are still vulnerable to the attacks since the sophistication of these cyber threats is going up and many of Indian organisations including private and public sector still use outdated operating systems which make it easy for the cyber attackers to compromise the systems". "The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore", said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell. It secretly puts itself on computers and uses processing power to generate units of a digital currency called Monero.

EY also stated businesses should activate continuity plans, preparing data based on varying requirements for regulatory reporting, insurance claim and dispute, litigation, threat intelligence and/or customer notification.

Unlike office furniture that can sit in a conference room for years without being touched, technology requires constant maintenance and upgrades.




"Out of the box computers are set to update regularly", Nash said.

The United States likely avoided greater harm as the attack targeted older versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, and more US users have licensed, up-to-date, patched versions of the software, compared to other regions of the world. WannaCry, however, does not discriminate and has taken over not only general users' computers, but also large-scale organizations as well. The US government has not commented directly on the matter.

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre said that anyone hit by ransomware should use the unlocking tools provided at NoMoreRansom.org, a free resource developed by Europol in partnership with the Dutch police and other industry partners.

Though the WannaCry worm was one of the largest cyberattacks in history, it still might not be enough to shift everyone off old technology. "It never happens, because there are compelling reasons to stay the way it is", Nather said.


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