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More cyberattacks expected in wake of WannaCry

20 Mai 2017

But the finger-pointing won't stop there, and it probably shouldn't.

According to research cited by Barkly, an endpoint protection software provider, emails are the most common point of ransomware infiltration. Microsoft isn't holding back.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", Smith wrote Sunday in an online post.

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", wrote Smith.

Smith went on to describe the situation as the equivalent of U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles getting stolen from military stockpiles.

Reuters says this link seems to suggest the same North Korean hackers group is behind both attacks. He says while it may be time consuming, update your software when it says it has an update. (Whether or not you see this as a good and necessary thing likely has a lot to do with your opinion of whether the NSA too often prioritizes its ability to hurt adversaries over the privacy and safety of USA citizens or over the privacy and safety of people in general). The VEP was established to determine whether the government should withhold or disclose information about computer software security vulnerabilities. It took advantage of a vulnerability in Windows that allowed it to infect PCs.

The malware behind WannaCry (also called WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry) was reported to have been stolen from the NSA in April. It's a true and damning argument on Smith's part: Whether due to internal leakers or external attackers, two of the most advanced and secretive spy agencies in the world have seen some of their most prized offensive tools snatched out of the shadows and not only made public, but weaponized against British hospitals, Chinese universities, and FedEx.

"I think the students' positions break down much like our society in terms of this issue", he said.

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Even as the world is facing the brunt of WannaCry ransomeware attack, Himachal Pradesh is so far "protected" from the deadly malware.

It's important to emphasise that this is not a hack created by the NSA. But do Microsoft and the National Security Agency share the blame?

In addition to Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS17-010 that patched the vulnerability in March, the company also issued a separate patch on Friday for users of older and unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP.

Because of its success infiltrating systems, the software - also known as WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry - is already inspiring imitators. The malware primarily targeted users of Windows XP, which was launched by Microsoft in 2001.

Ransomware is a type of wicked and malicious software that takes over the system of a computer.

WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in older versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Nemeroff cited how 85 percent of companies haven't yet upgraded to the latest Windows 10 operating system, according to Credit Suisse's corporate survey. "Ensuring they understand the threat and the exposure and explaining in easy to understand language sets up that first line of defense". 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. It is estimated 60 per cent of small outfits and over 85 per cent individuals use pirated software in India.

More cyberattacks expected in wake of WannaCry