Officials across the world are scrambling to figure out a way to stop the outbreak of a massive cyber attack caused by a ransomware named WannaCry.
"The government can't do this alone - they're really going to have to reach out and work with Apple, with Microsoft and Google", Martin said.
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. It leveraged an exploit - a tool created to take advantage of a security hole - leaked in a batch of hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA.
"We believe the recent ransomware attack could accelerate the Windows upgrade cycle for enterprises, which would drive further upside to Office 365 Commercial MAUs [monthly active users] beyond what is now factored into our estimates", he added. But users of older software, such as Windows XP, have to pay hefty fees for so-called "custom" support.
Now the group which stole these hacking weapons is called Shadow Brokers, and they are promising more chaos by releasing more of these tools to criminals.
It said it was set to sell access to previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, known as zero-days, that could be used to attack Microsoft Corp's latest software system, Windows 10.
The attack had infected close to 30,000 Chinese organizations by Saturday evening, Chinese security software maker Qihoo said. This is not to be ignored, because clearly hackers have tools to exploit this security vulnerability, and could carry out a different attack later on. Instead, it held back a free fix update on machines running older software like Windows XP. Multiple backups also help. The company had already been supporting it longer than it normally would have because so many customers still used it and the effort was proving costly.
"It's not rocket science", Litan said. Asked what the company is doing to prevent such exploitations, he cited "basic IT security blocking and tackling".
Following the flurry of reports of the attack, the chief of global and legal affairs at Iran's Cyber Police warned that the "ransomware", which has affected countless computer systems worldwide, has done the same to some systems inside the country.
"On Tuesday, following the WannaCry attacks, the Shadow Brokers posted a new message online in which they claim to have many more Equation exploits that haven't been leaked yet, the report notes". Businesses in China had systems hijacked, Russia's interior ministry had 1,000 computers affected and at least one South Korean movie theater had issues playing trailers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also called for more visibility into the government's use of security flaws, saying Wanna Cry "points to the need for transparency into and reform of how the government handles software vulnerabilities it retains". If they caught, that is.
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