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

17 Mai 2017

A security camera stands outside the main Telefonica headquarters in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017.

Friday's ransomware attack appears to have spread mainly in Europe and Asia, with Russian Federation among those nations hardest hit, according to security researchers.

A new ransomware "WannaCry" is spreading widely, RBI's advisory to the banks said.

It is unknown how the attack has affected GP surgeries, which are due to open as usual on Monday. The affected groups include the United Kingdom hospitals, FedEx, a Spanish telecom, the Russian Interior Ministry and much more.

The PSNI has been working with its partners in national government and other agencies to try and mitigate any risk to computer networks posed by the global ransomware incident.

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

It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind ever recorded. And it's expected to cause more problems on Monday.

In Asia, where Friday's attack occurred after business hours, thousands of new cases were reported on Monday as people came back to work. Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past. He said companies can apply the patch released in March to all systems to prevent WannaCry infections.

For those running Windows 10 or Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems, which has automatic updates turned on, you'll remain protected from WannaCry.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting of world leaders in Italy, said the attack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity. It locks down all the files on an infected computer. Asking people to not "pay a ransomware ransom", police said doing so will fuel the ransomware economy.

He tweeted saying, "I will confess that I was unaware registering the domain would stop the malware until after I registered it, so initially it was accidental".

Ryan Kalember, senior vice-president at Proofpoint Inc. The malware then displays a message asking users to pay a ransom of up to $600 (around Rs 39,000) in Bitcoin in lieu of decrypting the data.

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

WannaCry is a form of ransomware which will lock the files of your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore.

Barts Health, which runs five hospitals in London, said Sunday it was still experiencing disruption to its computer systems and it asked for the public to use other NHS services wherever possible. Some ransomware that encrypts files ups the stakes after a few days, demanding more money and threatening to delete files altogether.

The ransomware attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, said Rob Wainwright, head of law enforcement agency Europol.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame at the feet of the USA government.

Security experts said the spread of the virus had been inadvertently stopped late Friday.

Smith's blog post did not address another factor in the ransomware's spread, one that hints at the difficulty of uniting against a hacking attack: Users of pirated Microsoft software are unable to download the security patch, forcing them to fend for themselves or rely on a third-party source for a solution.

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