Health Care

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.


  • Growth Analysis of: salesforce.com, inc. (CRM)

    Norges Bank bought a new position in shares of salesforce .com, inc. during the fourth quarter valued at $382,802,000. Jennison Associates LLC raised its stake in shares of salesforce .com, inc.by 3.2% in the third quarter.

    Trump Should Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

    Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman paid tribute to U.S. -Israel ties in posts in both English and Hebrew on Twitter . He said that while cooperation would continue, intelligence professionals would "think twice" before sharing information.

    Investigators Probe Possibility Times Square Crash Was Deliberate

    A auto plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square Thursday afternoon, killing one person and injuring about 20 others. Witnesses in Times Square watched in horror as auto plowed over pedestrians, killing one and injuring 19 others.
  • Cornell's death leads to cancellation of rock fest

    Cornell, who had been on tour , died Wednesday night in Detroit , Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press . The grunge rock pioneer will certainly be missed by the fans of the genre and by lovers of music in general.

    Spurs start Jonathan Simmons over Kawhi Leonard for Game 2

    He even addressed his team at halftime of both games. "You just want to continue to build good habits, sustain the level of play". The Golden State Warriors' rare unbeaten start this postseason doesn't necessarily mean they're on their way to a title.

    Japan, New Zealand to work together to revive TPP

    Japan's involvement makes TPP11 worthwhile, and New Zealand will now lead talks in the coming days to try and finish off the deal. Other countries, meanwhile, have been divided over whether to proceed with talks toward the realization of the 11-party TPP.
  • Google I/O 2017: highlights from the developer conference

    With more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, Google's machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks. Based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices, Android was first unveiled in 2007.

    Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo 2017 live stream

    Everything is decided in the final weeks of the season and I am doing well". We also have a very good and young squad. "I feel good.

    Quarterly Financial Watch for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA)

    Telsey Advisory Group maintained the shares of ASNA in report on Wednesday, June 1 with "Market Perform" rating. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have issued a hold rating to the company's stock.
  • Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote

    Raisi hopes to follow in the footsteps of Khamenei, who served two terms as Iran's president before becoming supreme leader. Moreover, Raisi has promised to provide the poor of the country with a monthly allowance which is equivalent to $65.

    Three Warriors make All-NBA Teams - Blue Man Hoop

    But the past two seasons, while destroying the league on his way to two MVPs, Curry was a consensus first-team guard. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.

    Wal-Mart sees online sales surge, more shoppers at stores

    Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at approximately $476,044,833.20. Baird set a $80.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research report on Monday.