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WannaCry virus hits Asia

WannaCry virus hits Asia

Once the user clicks on the link or opens the document, their computer is infected and the software takes over.

Renault-Nissan said output had returned to normal at almost all its plants. In Russia, that same virus knocked thousands of computers offline at the Interior Ministry.

Lieu, who noted on his Web site that he is "one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress", supports changing the vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) to ensure greater transparency in how the federal government notifies software companies about bugs it identifies. But ultimately, WannaCry shows that the kinds of cyber-games played by the NSA - the kind exposed by Edward Snowden - are in fact risky.

As a result, numerous organizations such as the U.K.'s National Health Service have found themselves unable to access vital data because their files were encrypted by the cyberattack, which demanded ransom payments in the Bitcoin digital currency to unlock information. The first piece of malware that demanded payment was written in 1989.

The WannaCry worm has affected more than 200,000 Windows computers around the world since Friday, disrupting vehicle factories, global shipper FedEx Corp and Britain's National Health Service, among others. Company and hospital computer systems in Eastern Europe, the USA and Asia were also compromised. Microsoft's practice of discontinuing support for older versions of its operating systems leaves those still running them vulnerable.

"There is this stream of liability that flows from the ransomware attack", he said. Why are security professionals forced to beat back NSA-made cyber-weapons today?

As for Microsoft, some intelligence agency experts questioned its NSA criticism, saying it's unreasonable for the company to ask governments to stop using its products as a way to attack and monitor enemies.

For the most part, civil liberties groups are siding with Microsoft.

"In the current environment, government-held vulnerabilities are going to leak", said Ari Schwartz, former senior director for cybersecurity at the NSC and now with Venable.

In February, Smith first called for the creation of what he has dubbed a Geneva Convention for cyberspace, which would outlaw nation-state cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure and tech companies.

Therein lies the uncomfortable irony for Microsoft.

"Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful", according to the statement. In the case of Britain's National Health Service, a significant number of its computers run Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft stopped upgrading in 2014.

Microsoft, by the way, is not happy about this attack, and has slammed spy agencies for stockpiling vulnerabilities instead of reporting them to computer companies to be fixed. "Anyone who applied the patch that Microsoft released likely wasn't affected by this", Reiher said. He said people still using older systems should upgrade.

Hospital computer systems across Europe were crippled for several hours. Many have single-task PCs scattered around the building that hardly attract a moment's notice, let alone regular security updates.


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