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WannaCry is your fault — Microsoft to NSA

WannaCry is your fault — Microsoft to NSA

Who's being targeted for blame?

Redmond, Wash. - In the wake of unprecedented worldwide cyberattacks, Microsoft has issued security updates for systems that haven't been supported in years.

The global ransomware plague started infecting computers on Friday, abusing an exploit discovered by the NSA that was leaked to the public by the Shadow Brokers hacker group. It urged all banks in the country to take precautions against the ransomware. It locks up Windows users' computers, and asks for a $300 ransom to unlock them, paid in bitcoin. Instructions on how to install this patch are also available at ZDNet. "Microsoft can't be proud".

A ransomware called WannaCry has infected tens of thousands of computers around the globe in recent days. So it makes sense to assign some responsibility to the NSA - the attackers didn't come up with this security hole on their own, after all. CERT-In, the government's cyber security arm, has maintained that apart from five or six isolated instances, there are no reports of a substantial scale to indicate that Indian systems have been hit. Brad Smith, Microsoft's top lawyer, criticized US intelligence agencies for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a blog post on Sunday, comparing the recent leaks of NSA and Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools to, in the real world, the theft of cruise missiles. "The top five affected cities are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Pune and Mumbai, with the top top five states being West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, NCR (Delhi), and Odisha", he said.

Microsoft Headquarters, Redmond. A patch for the vulnerability was released 2 months ago on March 14th.

We know that Windows update notifications get in the way of our work, which is why many users disable it on their system.

"Our research so far puts into question the ability of WannaCry's creators to decrypt your files at all", Check Point Software said in a blog post Sunday.

Still, it was Microsoft that wrote the exploitable software to begin with. If you are using unsupported versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003 or 2008, apply the emergency patch released by Microsoft.

Also, since ATM systems in India operate at a slower speed, the malware can be prevented from spreading.

The clear advantage for Microsoft is it was prepared for what happened. He noted, however, the complexity that can be involved in patching a security hole. Multiple backups also help. The longer the users wait, the higher the ransom money.

Michael Mitchell, spokesman for Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International, said the company is not aware of any incidents from the attack, though it did alert employees.

The "ransomware" cyberattack on companies and governments around the world has yet to victimize anyone at the University of IL, mostly because the UI bans outdated versions of the Windows operating system targeted by the virus.

India was the third worst hit nation by ransomware WannaCry as more than 40,000 computers were affected even though no major corporate or bank reported disruption to their activities raising doubts whether these entities are disclosing attack at all.

WannaCry ransomware could be named as the most powerful cyber attack, affecting millions of systems around the world. If they caught, that is.

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