Governments Must Treat Cyber Attack as 'Wake-Up Call โ€” Microsoft President


Do not enable macros, cybersecurity company Symantec says.

Ironically, the WannaCry hackers are likely to have a negative impact on the entire ransomware industry by taking this approach. Once it gets into your computer, it looks for the other computers on the network to spread itself as widely as possible. The program demands an initial $300 in bitcoin, threatening to destroy the data if no payment is received - and increase the fee after seven days.

While the Shadow Brokers has stressed the financial value of the stolen hacking tools it holds, in its response to the WannaCry attack it repeatedly states that its aim "is always being about theshadowbrokers vs theequationgroup". Ransomware puts a new spin on that threat, and it's a growth industry. Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but many computers hadn't run the update. The company rates the update as "critical" for supported Windows releases.

Microsoft has now offered security patches for older Windows machines, and technicians have spent the weekend racing to updates those computers. The VEP was established to determine whether the government should withhold or disclose information about computer software security vulnerabilities. Users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista can protect themselves by updating the software by running Windows Update on their computer.

Microsoft says it made a decision to patch the outdated systems "with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind".

One of the biggest-ever ransomware attacks continues to take computers hostage.

Beware of unknown emails, especially if there are attachments or links. Ransomware often is downloaded through phishing emails.

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Back up your important files. If you don't pay up within a week, you lose everything. The attacks were allegedly slowed when an unidentified 22-year-old computer security expert from Britain accidently found and activated a "kill switch". First, you'll be contributing funds towards future crime.

"You can buy these things and launch them".

"There's no guarantee that when you pay the money that your files will then be decrypted", said cyber security expert Patrick Siewert. Victims have to contact the criminals for a decryption key to unlock their files.

However, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post Sunday that the "stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments" is a huge issue.

RBI has asked banks to follow the instructions of government organisation CERT-In to prevent the attack by ransomware, "WannaCry", which has impacted various IT networks in over 150 countries. It has not responded to repeated requests for comment about the ransomware attack.

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