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Microsoft withheld update that could have slowed WannaCry

20 Mai 2017

A Jakarta hospital said on Sunday that the cyber attack had infected 400 computers, disrupting the registration of patients and finding records. The hackers then demand $300 in order to release control of the files.

Earlier today, Brad Smith posted a blog looking at the broader implications of the malicious "WannaCrypt" software attack that took place over the last few days.

Those hit by WannaCry also failed to heed warnings previous year from Microsoft to disable a file sharing feature in Windows known as SMB, which a covert hacker group calling itself Shadow Brokers had claimed was used by NSA intelligence operatives to sneak into Windows PCs.

"There are plenty of reasons people wait to patch and none of them are good", said Mador, a former long-time security researcher for Microsoft. But older systems, including Windows XP which hasn't seen official support since 2014, were still vulnerable.

In our interconnected age where we depend on technology more than ever, this unparalleled cyberattack has resulted in a worldwide wake-up call for IT users and businesses alike to make IT security a top priority. Playing with fire finally caught up with the victims.

The attack has been found in 150 countries, affecting 200,000 computers, according to Europol, the European law enforcement agency.

Other victims include is a Nissan manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and global shipper FedEx Corp.

In the United Kingdom, hospitals were crippled by the cyberattack, which forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted.

After the Wannacry attack, the central bank reissued its recommendations to Russian banks, the bank said. Microsoft puts out periodic security patches to the software and sometimes, they apply to all versions of the operating systems.

To exploit the vulnerability, in most situations, an unauthenticated attacker could send a specially crafted packet to a targeted SMBv1 server.

WannaCry spreads between computers on the same network using a known vulnerability that exists in Windows operating systems. HHS issued an email alert on Monday to the Healthcare and Public Health Sector warning organizations of a reported "exploitative social engineering activity" in which an individual called a hospital claiming to be from Microsoft, and requested access to the computer system.

"Paying a ransom doesn't guarantee an organization that it will get its data back". Longer-term, you will have to plan to move to a new mobile operating system platform, whether that is Windows 10 (or another new Mircosoft platform), Android, or Apple iOS.

The newspaper said that the role of the US security apparatus in the attack should "instill greater urgency" in China's mission to replace foreign technology with its own.

However, we've heard personal reports that since these hackers are criminals, they are not obligated to release your files once you've made payments. The ease of stopping the attack suggests the hackers were new to this game. He had recently been warned that hospitals were using obsolete computer systems.Meanwhile, Russia and China, so often accused of cyber malfeasance by the U.S., pointed to the NSA.

A photo taken on May 15, 2017 shows staff monitoring the spread of ransomware cyber-attacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) in Seoul. It usually spreads via emails that contain attachments like Word, PDF, and other files, or via a secondary infection on computers already affected by viruses that provide a back door for further attacks.

Microsoft withheld update that could have slowed WannaCry