Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

Microsoft blames governments for storing important data on software that was vulnerable and could be easily accessed by hackers.

The company was forced to issue patch security updates for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Server 2003, operating systems it has long since stopped issuing updates for, in an effort to protect the users still insisting on running them.

However, NHS Digital said only 4.7% of the NHS is now using Windows XP, with the figure decreasing, and a spokesperson told BJ-HC today that no evidence has been found as of yet that patient data was compromised in the cyber attack.

The WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware attack deployed a Windows exploit that the National Security Agency had used for its own purposes until it was leaked in April by the hacking group Shadow Brokers.

"There's nothing you can do but pay once you're hit", Camacho said in an interview.

WannaCry takes advantage of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. Experts were ascertaining whether it was the same malware virus behind the world's biggest ransomware attack.

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In Japan over 2000 computers were affected as well as companies like Nissan Motor, Hitachi was impacted by the ransomware attack. What is WannaCry? The security world calls it a "ransomware worm". So MalwareTech bought the domain name himself, hoping to use it to track WannaCry as it spread. So, is the threat over?

It also infected computers at a business in Taiwan, which apparently paid $1,000 in bitcoin to unlock files held hostage by the program. And it's possible the attackers behind WannaCry are already working on a new version without a kill switch.

On top of that, the NSA would likely be able to claim that it is shielded from liability under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which says that the government can not be sued over carrying out its official duties.

The WannaCry attack took over computer systems, caused them to freeze, and displayed the message, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" There are also other theories.

According to the payment security specialist SISA's associate VP Nitin Bhatnagar, the full impact would be known only on Monday since the attack occurred on the weekend.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong, the ransomware reportedly affected devices belonging to three individuals, who had not installed the latest security updates on their Windows 7 operating system, and were directly connected to the internet.

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