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Following ransomware attack, Microsoft urges governments to 'wake up'

16 Mai 2017

Microsoft's top lawyer has called on governments around the world to treat the worldwide cyber attack as a "wake-up call" as he laid part of the blame at the door of the USA administration.

Spanish telco giant Telefonica and USA delivery service FedEx were among the businesses affected.

"There are things you can do that everyone can do (.) in particular making sure that our data is properly backed up and making sure that we are using the software patches", said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 - when the Labour Party was in power - that was stopped and left to the individual trusts.

Ms Sturgeon said she was not aware of any ransoms being paid over the cyber attack but said that will be part of the police investigation.

"Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber-attack", the body said - alongside issuing guidance on protecting against the cyberattack, explaining which patches to apply. It then demands ransom amounts, payable in untraceable Bitcoin, that escalate as the time from infection increases, doubling after three days.

However, Wainwright said Europol was working on the basis that the cyber-attack was carried out by criminals rather than terrorists, but noted that "remarkably few" payments had been made so far. In April of this year, Shadow Brokers released the password to the tools it had stolen in a rambling post on Medium couched as a "friendly reminder" to Donald Trump to remember what he campaigned on, after they were unsuccessful in auctioning off the malware.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage".

"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", Smith wrote while also noting how "cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers".

It was a typical day for a young British cybersecurity researcher who calls himself MalwareTech when he discovered the 'kill switch, ' a device that can turn off a computer or a software remotely.

Miscreants have launched a ransomware worm variant that abuses the same vulnerability as ‪the infamous WannaCry‬pt‪ malware.

Anti-virus experts Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe. Nevertheless, it had upped its cyber security of critical infrastructure.

After the ransomware attack left several NHS services without access to patient data, as well as striking other computers across the globe, Microsoft chose to take the necessary actions in patching up those vulnerabilities.

French carmaker Renault was forced to stop production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania, while FedEx said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible".

"We expect systems, by and large, to be up and running today, obviously there will be ongoing work to learn lessons about what has happened".

Following ransomware attack, Microsoft urges governments to 'wake up'