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Microsoft criticises NSA's role in the global cyber attack

19 Mai 2017

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has come out with a list of do's and dont's and webcast on how to protect networks from the global ransomware attack.

Vu Ngoc Son, deputy head of the anti-malware department of Bkav Corporation, the largest internet security firm in Vietnam, said that the WannaCry ransomware's behaviour is "not new", but he believes that the use of this ransomware will not really ease up as "it can directly earn large profits for hackers". "Everything seems to be normal, so far". He added that the Cyber Swachhta Kendra - government's portal on information about cyber security - is being updated on regular basis since Saturday.

In the US, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said in a blog post that the cyber attack should be treated by governments as a "wake-up call".

In China, more than 29,000 institutions were infected with reports suggesting that around 30,000 institutions had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices, Xinhua reported.

The tool was said to have been created by the NSA - though, as is typical, the agency has neither confirmed nor denied this. Some have already found new variants of ransomware similar to WannaCry but there is no proof that any system has been affected with the new variants so far.

Microsoft eventually issued a free security patch for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8 users (these systems are no longer officially supported by the company, but in many parts of the world consumers and even businesses continue to remain on these).

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Moreover, with rampant piracy in the country, higher usage of unlicensed software could make the situation worse, they warned.

At the time, the Shadow Brokers claimed the code, which contained exploits for security flaws in Microsoft Windows and other widely-used software, was stolen from the National Security Agency. The virus took control of a user's' files and demanded a payment in bitcoin to restore access to them.

Experts are suspecting that the next wave of attacks will be subjected to the banking sector.

"One such incident pertains to 18 computers of Andhra Pradesh Police. and apart from that, there are five other cases. one of them in Kerala where some of the panchayat computers were affected", Sundararajan said.

Neither corporate nor banks have encountered any such disruptions.

Earlier in the day, central transmission utility Power Grid said it has put sufficient firewalls to deal with the global cyber attack Ramsomware and consumers need not fear sudden outages on that account.