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Microsoft issues WannaCry security patch for XP, blasts USA for 'stockpiling vulnerabilities'

20 May 2017, 09:16 | Jan Cross

A screen shot of the page computers infected with the Wanna Cry ransomware variant display

A screen shot of the page computers infected with the Wanna Cry ransomware variant display

Microsoft's top lawyer has blamed the government's stockpiling of hacking tools as part of the reason for the WannaCry attack, the worldwide ransomware that has hit hundreds of thousands of systems in recent days.

This article is created to answer those questions. Large companies and government agencies, including Megafon, the second biggest mobile provider in Russian Federation, global shipping company Fedex, and the National Health Service, Britain's national healthcare administration, were among the more high-profile victims of the attack, dubbed "WannaCry", on Friday.

The UK's National Health Service was hit badly by the ransomware on Friday and is still suffering greatly from the spreading attack. From there, the attack spilled across the globe. Users are also advised to back up valuable data regularly, either to cloud services or to another disk drives, an not click on suspicious links or attached files. The NSA disclosed the vulnerability to the computing giant after it was stolen from the government agency by a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers. It also uses strong encryption on files such as documents, images, and videos. "This messes up with the security system in the computer and makes it vulnerable to attacks", Mukesh says. That attack is believed to be larger in scale than WannaCry, according to security firm Proofpoint. "It is deeply disturbing the National Security Agency likely wrote the original malware".

Because of that, this was able to spread in the same rapid fashion as the worm outbreaks common a decade ago, such as Slammer and Conficker.

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In mid-march, Microsoft distributed a security update after it detected the security flaw in its XP operating system that enabled the so-called WannaCry ransomware to infiltrate and freeze computers last week.

One of the first things to do today is updating your Windows software as soon as you log into your computer because that's where the vulnerability is.

"Given the potential impact to customers and their businesses, we made the decision to make the Security Update for platforms in custom support", Misner said in explaining Microsoft's motivation. There are almost 150 million computers running Windows XP operation system globally. We have issued an alert on our Knowledge Base site providing step-by-step instructions for our customers to ensure they are protected.

Users of older software, such as Windows XP, had to pay hefty fees for technical support, it added. He urged people not to ignore security updates. "We have been in touch with Microsoft and others.even they have not got any reports", PTI quoted Sanjay Bahl, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), director general.



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