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Microsoft says cyber attack should be wake up call for governments

19 Мая 2017, 08:49 | Todd Saunders

This ransomware is called "WannaCry". Victims whose computers have been infected receive a demand for a payment of $300 worth of Bitcoin in order to regain access to their files. That's why it's called ransomware.

Instead, the simple update that could have prevented the attack left them vulnerable to security breaches. It's possible an NSA contractor may have been careless in leaving the hacking tool on an unsecured computer from which it was stolen by a hacking collective, that may have auctioned it on the dark net, although it came as a crumb of comfort that a domain name costing less than Rs 800 to create may have found the antidote to stop this virulent attack, the worst in the new millennium since the Love Bug virus. Microsoft responded with a special security patch for older operating systems such as Windows XP. A large cyberattack crippled computer systems at. Playing with fire finally caught up with the victims. In addition to Russian Federation, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to the security firm.

By now, most of the world is aware of the ransomware attack that spread like wildfire through global computer systems.

In Britain, the attack disrupted National Health Service (NHS) facilities, forcing ambulances to divert and hospitals to delay operations.

In the United Kingdom, hospitals were crippled by the cyberattack, which forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted.

Russia's interior ministry said 1,000 of its computers had been infected but the virus was swiftly dealt with and no sensitive data was compromised.

More information on the malware itself is available from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center on the Windows Security blog.

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Misner said the company took the "highly unusual step" of releasing free security patches for unsupported out-of-date operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. So even people with older computers should go update them. Here, a ransom window announces the encryption of data on a transit display in eastern Germany, on Friday. There are almost 150 million computers running Windows XP operation system globally. It's a good idea to back up files to a drive that remains entirely disconnected from your network. Install all Windows updates. 5. Security experts say this attack should wake up every corporate board room and legislative chamber around the globe.

The hackers remain anonymous for now, but it appears that they are amateurs.

"[The] worldwide ransomware attack shows what can happen when the NSA or Central Intelligence Agency write malware instead of disclosing the vulnerability to the software manufacturer", Lieu said in a statement. "I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning".

A cyber ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid through the online medium.

The full extent of the cyber attack which hit the NHS and businesses across the world may only be realised this morning when people return to work, it has been claimed.

The spread of the attack appears to have been thwarted by private cybersecurity researchers who identified and triggered the malware's "kill switch", which halted the attacks before it spread throughout USA networks, a senior US intelligence official confirmed, but it is unclear whether, the official said, a modified attack will soon be launched.

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