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Microsoft Points Finger at NSA in Ransomware Outbreak

Microsoft Points Finger at NSA in Ransomware Outbreak

And more local computer systems are expected to be hit.

A cyber-attack that hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft has said. Microsoft released comprehensive patches a month before that, clearly tipped off weeks or months in advance.

The WannaCry Ransomware attack was such that it led to shutting down of hospitals, universities, warehouses, ATMs and banks.

NHS organisations across the country were on alert for a possible recurrence of Friday's cyberattack as staff returned to work on Monday.

"Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them", he said.

Any organisation which heeded strongly worded warnings from Microsoft to urgently install a security patch it labelled "critical" when it was released on March 14 on all computers on their networks are immune, experts agree.

If you're facing a ransom demand and locked out of your files, law enforcement and cybersecurity experts discourage paying ransoms because it gives incentives to hackers and pays for their future attacks.




Some companies, government agencies, individuals, and nonprofits lack the resources to upgrade from Windows XP to later versions, especially in the developing world, where XP was widely pirated.

Operating-system makers such as Microsoft could also advance the fight against ransomware, which encrypts user documents, and thus doesn't have to insinuate itself very far into an operating system to have a devastating effect.

Some major technology companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., declined comment on the Microsoft statement.

For years, NSA had its own internal process for weighing whether to disclose software flaws to the vendor or to keep them close so they could be used to build surveillance tools. Infection levels spiked again in both countries this week and remained high through Thursday, according to data supplied to Reuters by threat intelligence firm Kryptos Logic.

China Daily said that National Security Agency of US should carry some responsibility for the attack which marks susceptibilities in Microsoft Corp systems and has septic about 30,000 Chinese officialdoms till Saturday. Shadow Brokers, a group that regularly posts stolen software and hacking tools developed by the United States of America government, released the tool online last month.

Plus, Staats said there are other variants of ransomware to worry about too.

Researchers around the globe have predicted that a second wave of ransomware attacks is likely anytime soon.


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