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WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack is a 'wake-up call', says Microsoft

17 Mai 2017

So when Windows asks you whether you want to get the latest security patch, don't click "later".

According to the BBC, 48 NHS trusts reported problems at hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies.

"We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks", Smith wrote in his blog post.

"There's nothing you can do but pay once you're hit", Camacho said in an interview.

WannaCry locks the data on a computer system and leaves the user with two files: instructions on what to do and the Wanna Decryptor program.

Here in the U.S. FedEx Corp. was hit with the cyber-attack, while in Russian Federation the Interior Ministry was held ransom and in Spain, company Telefonica got hit. With the published system vulnerabilities, hackers can carry out the attacks and cause serious consequences.

Microsoft pulled security support for the operating system back in 2014, meaning that users were missing nearly three years of security updates. "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible".

It is the largest ransomware attack observed in history. Do not enable macros, cybersecurity company Symantec says.

He said infection rates slowed over the weekend. "So, I was panicking looking through the code and I realized that actually no, we had stopped it".

Microsoft has issued another defense against the current version of WannaCrypt.

Businesses affected by the malware also had to take responsibility.

"We should take from this recent attack a renewed determination for more urgent collective action".

Experts anticipated that an update to the malware could be released, therefore increasing its spread.

Malware is a general term that refers to software that's harmful to your computer, said John Villasenor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. And the software is already inspiring imitators, as the Bleeping Computer site reports. Microsoft requires Windows 10 customers to automatically update their computers, but some people with older PCs disabled automatic updates.

Microsoft pointed that, "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call".

As of Monday afternoon, Technology Services' security team had not found anything at the UI that had fallen victim to the ransomware, Mertz said.

First noticed on Friday, the WannaCry attack has affected at least 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, with attackers locking people out of their computers while demanding a Bitcoin ransom.

WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack is a 'wake-up call', says Microsoft