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NSA Told Microsoft of Flaw Before Ransomware Attack

NSA Told Microsoft of Flaw Before Ransomware Attack

Microsoft, which makes Windows, released a patch for the WannaCry vulnerability eight weeks ago, said Mr Chris Wysopal, the chief technology officer of Veracode, an application security company.

The problem could easily get much, much worse as more routine devices become smart, internet-connected ones.

On Sunday, the US software giant called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

The developments came Friday, the apparent deadline for owners of some infected machines to pay a ransom of up to $600 or lose their files forever.

A Microsoft spokesman reached Sunday said the company had no comment.

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But even that massive figure looks set to be dwarfed within a few years, experts said, after ransomware attacks crippled computers worldwide in the past week. This has drawn a lot of criticism and it leaves the other versions of the software more vulnerable to attacks.




"There are plenty of reasons people wait to patch and none of them are good", said Mador, a former long-time security researcher for Microsoft.

It is a completely different picture for small companies that don't have easy access to cash for upgrades or access to the highly-skilled resources of government experts or even IT departments.

In what experts called an unprecedented mass cyberattack using ransomware, more than 200,000 computers around the world were hacked beginning Friday using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that was no longer given mainstream tech support by the United States giant.

Because of the way WannaCry spreads sneakily inside organisation networks, a far larger total of ransomed computers sitting behind company firewalls may be hit, possibly numbering upward of a million machines. It appears the attackers have found people willing to pay.

PARIS — A French researcher has released a software tool that he claims can restore some of the computers infected by the WannaCry ransomware.

"We're looking at many decades of building complex systems - one on top of the other - with no effort to go back to fix what we did wrong along the way", said Wendy Nather, principal security strategist at Duo Security, who has worked in security for 22 years.

Likewise, Bossert emphasized that the only computers that can be compromised by WannaCry are those that do not have the latest security patches available from Microsoft.


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