Who's being targeted for blame?
Even when it stopped routinely supporting Windows XP, Microsoft continued to offer support for organisations still using the operating system - for a fee.
Then there's the US government, whose Windows hacking tools were leaked to the internet and got into the hands of cybercriminals.
Backing up data needn't be a complicated or lengthy process.
Numerous hospitals across the country and all over Hampshire were affected by "ransomware" that encrypted data and did not allow access to the data until the user had paid 300 USA dollars' worth of the online cryptocurrency Bitcoin. "Microsoft can't be proud".
The key issue with cyber attacks is that it is often the case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted; many companies do not consider their level of security until after an attack. Of course, we're not talking about burglar alarms - although the defence of your premises is an important consideration itself - rather we mean online security, and protecting yourself from incidents such as the WannaCry ransomware which has been plastered across the headlines over the weekend. 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.
"It has been a very strong response", she said.
A virus dubbed WannaCry blocked more than 200,000 computers around the globe, demanding a ransom from users to regain control of their files.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said in a blog post Sunday that it was in fact the NSA that developed the code being used in the attack. ON GUARD Germany's savings banks, the largest and most powerful financial group in the country, received reminders from the group's information technology company to install updates. Part of the reason IT organizations hesitate to patch or run an internal quality assurance process is to ensure that there aren't software incompatibility issues.
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"Issues around software obviously haven't been addressed", he said.
Still, it was Microsoft that wrote the exploitable software to begin with.
-"Assassin" is an automated implant that provides a simple collection platform on remote computers running Windows operating system. But one major company, Hitachi, said it was experiencing difficulties with its email system.
"The growth rate of infected institutions on Monday has slowed significantly compared to the previous 2 days", Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360 said.
To that end note that on Friday WikiLeaks published the eighth in its "Vault 7" series of tools it has gotten hold that that allegedly were manufactured by the Central Intelligence Agency to exploit holes in Windows.
In India, the government said it had only received a few reports of attacks on systems and urged those hit not to pay attackers any ransom. Running regular backups is not only a good defence against ransomware, but also other disasters which could occur such as disk failure. Asked what the company is doing to prevent such exploitations, he cited "basic IT security blocking and tackling". WannaCry appears to travel across corporate networks, spreading quickly through file-sharing systems.
"... Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003".
It comes as NHS Digital said that health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the crippling ransomware attack.
They exploited a flawless storm of factors - the Windows hole, the ability to get ransom paid in digital currency, poor security practices - but it's unclear if the payoff, at least so far, was worth the trouble.
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