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Microsoft blames USA government for 'stockpiling' vulnerabilities

Microsoft blames USA government for 'stockpiling' vulnerabilities

India is vulnerable as a large number of computers in the country run the Microsoft's older operating systems like XP, and have not been updated yet.

Microsoft noted the massive damage caused by the leaked cybersecurity vulnerabilities that governments held.

To ensure that you do not lose data, you have to take backup frequently. The digital payment system widely uses bitcoins, and it is one of the safest ways to access money which can not be tracked and does not leave a paper trail. "Still, the NSA can't be very proud of this".

Here are some of the key players in the attack and what may - or may not - be their fault. Somebody's using software tools created by somebody else.

Urging businesses and computer users to keep their systems current and updated, Smith says the WannaCry attack shows the importance of collective action to fight cybercrime. Brad Smith, Microsoft's top lawyer, criticized US intelligence agencies for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", Smith, who is also chief legal officer, says in a Microsoft company blog post.

Instead of developing hacking tools in secret and holding them for use against adversaries, governments and intelligence agencies should share weaknesses they find with Microsoft and other software makers so that vulnerabilities can be repaired, he said.

Two months after Microsoft issued its security patch, thousands of computers remained vulnerable to the WannaCry attack.




Under former President Barack Obama, the US government created an inter-agency review, known as the Vulnerability Equities Process, to determine whether flaws should be shared or kept secret. Also, it was reported Tuesday over 120 computers of the Gujarat government's Wide Area Network, GSWAN, were hit, as were some government systems in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

But some organisations didn't apply it, and others were running older versions of Windows that Microsoft no longer supports which made it easier for attackers to target the devices which are out of date and the security flaw makes it happen to the entire world.

"Patching security holes immediately, not stockpiling them, is the best way to make everyone's digital life safer".

The computer expert revealed that he has been in touch with the government's National Cyber Security Centre about the fix - and that to say thank you his bosses have given him another week off work, which he plans to spend surfing.

"Those who are running our free antivirus software or have Windows Update enabled are protected. FireEye has also taken steps to help secure its customers", Sahu told IANS. Some of the victims have reportedly regained access to their files after paying, although security experts advise against complying with ransom demands.

"It's not rocket science", Litan said. The central bank reportedly said those monitoring the cyberattacks found "no incidents compromising data resources of banking institutions". Asked what the company is doing to prevent such exploitations, he cited "basic IT security blocking and tackling". This weekend's virus was particularly virulent, because it could spread to all other computers on a network even if just one user clicked a bad link or attachment. Several organizations (both public and private) in India use unlicensed versions of Windows, and do not get updates and security patches from Microsoft.

The UK's National Crime Agency tweeted: "We haven't seen a second spike in WannaCry ransomware attacks, but that doesn't mean there won't be one".

They exploited a ideal storm of factors - the Windows hole, the ability to get ransom paid in digital currency, poor security practices - but it's unclear if the payoff, at least so far, was worth the trouble.


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