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Frenchman claims cure for WannaCry-infected computers

20 Mai 2017

Cybersecurity researchers are yet to determine the origin of the WannaCry ransomware.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Sunday that his country was largely unaffected by the ransomware attack after it began preparing for such events several years ago through its new National Cyberdefence Authority.

"The United States, more than probably any other country, is extremely careful with their processes about how they handle any vulnerabilities that they're aware of", Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, said at a press briefing on Monday. Still, he said, "Microsoft needs to admit that the 20th century is over, it's a much more hostile environment, and that hobbling the NSA won't make us any safer". It takes just one click on an infected link or email attachment to have the virus spread to other computers within the network. The worst hit so far: people using Windows 7.

Microsoft criticized governments for stockpiling secret exploits of computer systems, calling the ongoing WannaCry ransomware attack a "wake-up call".

"In most cases the infections hit either PCs belonging to ordinary employees or some non-critical systems", he said. However, it is clear from the number of nations affected that the intended attacks were global. Smith also said that Microsoft has been "working around the clock" to assist affected customers, even those on older operating systems that are no longer supported.

Microsoft declined to comment for this story.

Half of all internet addresses corrupted globally by WannaCry are located in China and Russian Federation, with 30 and 20 percent respectively.

A British security expert managed to stop the attack by triggering a "kill switch", although the ransomware has continued to create havoc.

Yet tens of thousands of computers weren't updated, allowing the malware to spread.

In a statement, the central bank said the consequences of the hacking attack - which it did not detail - had been dealt with quickly. Most companies needing to restore their operations right away would have turned to back-ups, if available, by now.

American software giant Microsoft held back from distributing a free security update that could have protected computers from the WannaCry global cyber attack, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

The NCA urged victims of attacks not to pay any ransom, saying there was no guarantee that encrypted files would be restored. There have been reports of WannaCry ransom demands appearing on ATM screens in Asia, but these have not been verified by Reuters.

"The same things are causing the same problems".

In the post, which will worry security agencies and companies around the world, the Shadow Brokers said: "In June, TheShadowBrokers is announcing "TheShadowBrokers Data Dump of the Month" service".

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

Frenchman claims cure for WannaCry-infected computers