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Microsoft partly blames United States gov't for cyberattack

20 May 2017, 12:49 | Anna Nguyen

Dore said companies that faced disruptions because they did not run the Microsoft update or because they were using older versions of Windows could face lawsuits if they publicly touted their cyber security.

As CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti reported, the virtual attack sent the United Kingdom's National Health Care Service into emergency mode.

The list of institutions affected is expected to grow as more become aware of hacks or if more variants spread infections.

The attack infected 300,000 machines in 150 countries, said Tom Bossert, US President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser. In Russia, where the Interior Ministry was hit by WannaCry, some suggested that the attack was a US retaliation for Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Last Friday, a global ransomware attack caught the world by surprise as the malicious "WannaCrypt" worm was targeting Windows-based machines across the world. Organisations seeking to take risk management steps related to this campaign should install the latest Windows patches. Seven of the 47 affected trusts were still having IT problems Monday. There are many possibilities and all provide at least some protection, even if it's only reminders to be cautious when downloading potentially infected files.

As computer virus outbreaks go, the WannaCry ransomware attack now spreading across the globe is one of the largest such attacks in some time. The other is boring, plain vanilla - but no less important to Brad Smith, president of Microsoft.

The virus hit computers running older versions of Microsoft Corp software that had not been recently updated. The share of Windows 7, released in 2009, is 48.5 percent; 7 percent of the world's internet-connected computers still use 16-year-old Windows XP.

At Indonesia's biggest cancer hospital, Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta, attacks affected scores of computers.

Computers around the globe were hacked beginning on 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 U.S. giant.

The U.S. government clearly had its priorities wrong in not focusing on better protecting these cyberweapons, he said. "You couldn't say the same thing about finance". "It's like after a robber enters your home". And they did. On Sunday a new variant was infecting thousands of systems in Russian Federation.

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"We haven't fully dodged this bullet at all until we're patched against the vulnerability itself", Kalember said.

The so-called WannaCry ransomware locks access to user files and demands money-in the form of the virtual currency Bitcoin-in order to decrypt them.

In a world where technology is tied to nearly every aspect of life, the private sector is looking into new ways to protect far more than just your home computer.

"That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said.

On top of that, critics say, the government didn't notify companies like Microsoft about the vulnerabilities quickly enough.

However, officials and security firms said the spread was starting to slow. And they're blaming the US government for stockpiling cyber weapons. Cybersecurity experts say the unknown hackers who launched this weekend's "ransomware" attacks used a vulnerability that was exposed in NSA documents leaked online.

He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was.

Spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth said that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher.

The attacks exploit a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows that is particularly problematic for corporations that don't automatically update their systems.



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