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Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call — Microsoft President

19 Mai 2017

Dowling notes that attacks like WannaCry ransomware should be expected with the technologically advanced world we live in. They run at a much slower speed so it is likely that the slower speed of such systems didn't let the WannaCry Ransomware attack them. The British Home Secretary said most of the NHS systems were back to normal by midday Saturday.

The Indian financial system also claimed that despite WannaCry Ransomware's cyber attack on thousands of establishments across the globe, India managed to remain unaffected by it.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of Homeland Security, urged U.S. victims to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The ACLU, meanwhile, urged Congress to pass a law requiring the government to disclose vulnerabilities to companies "in a timely manner", so that they can patch them as soon as possible.

China's cyber authorities have repeatedly pushed for what they call a more "equitable" balance in global cyber governance, criticising USA dominance. Victims who don't pay will have their files erased after seven days. "They've been able to manage through it". He says while it may be time consuming, update your software when it says it has an update.

The SMB is primarily used to provide shared access to files, printers, serial ports and other communications within a network. But Cyberdome warns that there are chances for a more unsafe attack.

Trustlook, a next-generation cybersecurity company, has released a free scanner and vaccine toolkit to help protect Windows computers that are either vulnerable to, or have been infected with, the unsafe strain of ransomware known as WannaCry. NIC is monitoring more than 100 websites of state departments, institutions and colleges.

Last Friday, we reported on a major cyberattack involving ransomeware that hit a large number of computers - including some belonging to the UK's National Health Service. Cyberdome warns that there is a possibility of ransomware to affect mobile phones too.

The cyber attack impacted government servers, shipping companies, and numerous healthcare systems across the globe.

"This attack is unprecedented in scale", said Allan Zhang, co-founder and CEO of Trustlook. The systems associated with the National Information Center (NIC) are safe. The total amount of money paid to the anonymous bitcoin wallets used by hackers was only $55,169 from 209 payments, according to Reuters based on its estimates using publicly available data.

A cyber security firm today said it has detected over 48,000 ransomware attack attempts in the country, with West Bengal witnessing the most incidents.

Smith then likened the severity of the scenario to the "U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". That theft was publicly reported earlier this year. But the success of the attack shows that not enough people took advantage of the patch.

The tool, known as "WannaCry", was stolen by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, using a weaponized Microsoft vulnerability developed by the NSA against the warnings of cyber security experts.

Meanwhile, virus creators and copycats are already working on variants of the malware, hoping to re-start its spread. Activating the domain worked as a kill switch for the malware. In a surprise move over the weekend, Microsoft released a patch for versions of Windows it no longer supports - because many businesses and organizations use legacy technology as critical infrastructure.

In March, we released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting. Keep all your softwares up-to-date.

Beware of unknown emails, especially if there are attachments or links. And remember that any account can be compromised. Users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista can protect themselves by updating the software by running Windows Update on their computer. "Stay away from file extensions like ".exe", ".vbs" and ".scr".

Install Microsoft's official patch.

Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call — Microsoft President