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What we currently know about the global cyberattack

What we currently know about the global cyberattack

"This was a tool developed by culpable parties, potentially criminals or foreign nation-states, that have put it together in such a way so that they deliver it with phishing emails, put it into embedded documents, and cause infection, encryption, and locking".

The NSA code was released in April by a hacking group calling itself Shadow Brokers, which had apparently failed to find a buyer for a large trove of NSA cyberweapons.

Malware cases have been spreading in recent years as the malicious software trend has been gaining ground, with new forms of ransomware hitting the scene.

That malware also is believed to have been captured by hackers.

With more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, Microsoft said, it is fighting cybersecurity threats with constant updates to its Advanced Threat Protection service.

The agency is regarded as having among the world's most advanced cyber intrusion capabilities.

The largest number of WannaCry attacks occurred in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

"Technology companies owe their customers a reliable process for patching security vulnerabilities", he said.

Then there's the USA government, whose Windows hacking tools were leaked to the internet and got into the hands of cybercriminals.

Smith said the effect on cyber security of keeping the vulnerabilities secret is tantamount to the physical theft of Tomahawk cruise missiles.

In response, then life sciences minister George Freeman said: "We are working with suppliers, including Microsoft, to help health and care organisations update their systems and make sure they are safe to use and store data".

The key message of all cyber security training has to be that every employee's actions matter, because everyone holds the keys to the vault. For the German railroads, too, switching all the ticket terminals to Windows 10 is not exactly a priority.

Homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert speaks about malware known as WannaCry, Monday, May 15, 2017, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. We know this, because they're demanding bitcoin - and bitcoin transactions are public.

The malicious software behind the onslaught appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was supposedly identified by the US National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes and was later leaked to the internet. The advice is to update Windows to ensure you are protected. The Ransomware virus had stopped auto factories, hospitals, shops and schools in over 75 countries."The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore", said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell.He added, "Ransomware is a programme that gets into your computer only by downloading and it will ask you to pay ransom in Bitcoins". The illegal software can not be easily updated.

The National Security Agency (NSA) alerted Microsoft about the issue three months ago and Microsoft released an upgrade that patched the flaw, but many users were yet to run it, CNN reported.

Microsoft has now provided security updates for all customers using Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, anticipating further attacks on these earlier platforms being used by millions.


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