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Installing Updates Can Stop Cyberattack — Microsoft Ransomware Patch

19 Mai 2017

The Cyber Security experts have put that numerous hackers have started to build new versions of the original cyber virus. The safety mechanism adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to input another personally identifiable credential along with the typical alpha-numerical password, like a PIN or phone number. Officials said Windows 10 users weren't affected by the attack.

The perpetrators of the attack are still not known.

When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says, in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday. "As of now, the ransom, which hackers have collected, has gone up to $50,000".

What subscribers will do with these exploits and data will be up to them, the group said.

Neither the country's apex bank, the Reserve Bank of India, nor any other leading bank has so far reported anything amiss in the Indian financial system. It said its plant at Douai in northern France would be back to normal on Tuesday, following checks.

The latest Ransomware attacks hitting several countries included India too, where many companies and about 18 computers of AP police have been affected. Microsoft released a security update in March to protect against WannaCrypt but Windows XP was excluded from the patch. The company's shares were down about 1 percent on Monday, in a slightly higher broad market.

The virus tried to infect more computers in Russia than anywhere else, according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian antivirus company. It should also be available such that users can enable at will for all or most of the applications that connect to the internet and can be remotely exploited, and not just Microsoft's own first-party applications.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", wrote Microsoft President Brad Smith in a blog post on Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting the technology's link to the U.S. spy service, said it should be "discussed immediately on a serious political level".

Data privacy lawyer Edward McAndrew from Ballard Spahr told Reuters that businesses could be sued if they failed to deliver services because of the attack.

Some of the biggest disruption was caused by attacks on the United Kingdom health system, which saw hospitals and clinics forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.

Newer operating systems are constantly changing and patching these vulnerabilities, offering better protection against attacks.

Britain's NHS is the world's fifth-largest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Wal-Mart Stores and McDonald's.

"We haven't seen many organizations fall over and that's because they did some of the security basics", he said.

A ransomware attack that began in Europe on Friday is lingering - and hitting new targets in Japan and China. "It was clear (that) warnings were given to hospital trusts".

Dore said: "Using outdated versions of Windows that are no longer supported raises a lot of questions". Mark Warner (D-Va.) vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a co-founding member of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, has asked the Administration what it is doing to insure federal IT systems have installed security updates to defend against that ransomware.

Widespread disruptions were reported today throughout Asia.

The communication and information ministry said the malware locked patient files on computers at two hospitals in the capital Jakarta.

The NCA urged victims of attacks not to pay any ransom, saying there was no guarantee that encrypted files would be restored.

Installing Updates Can Stop Cyberattack — Microsoft Ransomware Patch