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Global ransomware attack puts Winnipeg systems on alert

17 Mai 2017

And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability one month earlier, the sequence of events fed speculation that the NSA hadn't told the US tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen. The WannaCry malware is shaping up to be one of the largest of its kind, infecting almost a quarter-million computers in 150 nations since it was launched on Friday. In a blog post, he criticized the practice of stockpiling vulnerabilities. "This is an emerging pattern in 2017", Smith said in a statement. "We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits", he wrote.

He likened the situation to what would happen - hypothetically - if the US military had some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. "There have been isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh", said Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, adding that the government has formed a cyber coordination centre which would start operating from June to take precautions against cyber-attacks in future. As part of the Digital Geneva Convention, Smith called for "a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them". A researcher from Google posted on Twitter that an early version of WannaCrypt from February shared some of the same programming code as malicious software used by the Lazarus Group, the alleged North Korean government hackers behind the destructive attack on Sony in 2014 and the theft of $81m from a Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Fed previous year. Microsoft did issue patches for the vulnerabilities before the attacks took place, but not everyone downloaded them. He said the malware exploits a weakness in the operating system to spread from computer to computer.

The WannaCry virus has only been known to infect computers running Windows. More than 300,000 machines in 150 countries have been hit so far, USA homeland security advisor Tom Bossert said in a press briefing on Monday. 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.

Employees found their files had been encrypted, no longer readable, with hackers demanding $300 in ransom to decode them or they'd be destroyed.

Cyber security experts are urging those effected to not pay the ransom, stating that those effected might not get their files back even if they do pay the fee.

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However, one warning for this particular malware seems novel: the success of WannaCry was such that the attackers may not have the resources to process all the payments made by victims, with no other avenue of reproach. After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be lost.

Two months after Microsoft issued its security patch, thousands of computers remained vulnerable to the WannaCry attack. Staff said they would continue to monitor and update their systems as a precaution.

Modern war theory works on the basis that in time of conflict, disabling the enemy's communications networks and operational systems at every level of its economy is a rapid way of moving to dominate the actual battlefield. Shares in FireEye Inc., which were first listed publicly in 2013 off the back of hacking hysteria at the time, closed the day trading up 7.5 percent, while Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. closed up 2.8 percent, followed by Palo Alto Networks Inc. up 2.7 percent.

Microsoft's chief legal officer said Sunday that the company is working to address the problem, but also said companies have a responsibility to update their systems, and that governments must do more to proactively fight cyber threats.

Global ransomware attack puts Winnipeg systems on alert