Microsoft Criticizes Government Creation of Hacking Tools


"As it is silent and doesn't trouble the user, the Adylkuzz attack is much more profitable for the cyber criminals". If there were any doubts about whether the world has done enough to protect the vast troves of data existing in digital servers, a resounding answer was provided recently when a ransomware virus hit around 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries.

The China Daily said Wednesday that the U.S.'s National Security Agency should take some of the blame for last week's WannaCry ransomware attack, which targeted vulnerabilities in Microsoft systems and affected 30,000 Chinese organizations alone. The hackers behind WannaCry only accept ransom paid via BitCoin, a digital currency that ensures that the transaction can not be traced.

Alexander warned there would be more such attacks this year, and urged industry to work with government to try to defend against global cyber threats.

Currently, there is no permanent fix that could end the wrath of this ransomware, but here are a few pointers that could help you in protecting your Windows PC if it has not been attacked yet. Even though there are ways to install the latest updates on updates on Windows which are not genuine, Microsoft is also implementing restrictions every once in a while, so depending on the release, it could be more or less hard to patch a pirated Windows copy. To do all this, the software exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that is thought to have been first identified by the National Security Agency and was later leaked online. Misha Govshteyn at Alert Logic thinks that only two parties are at fault in the WannaCry attack - the companies who continued to run unsupported software and the NSA for failing to safeguard their code. Microsoft, which makes the Windows operating-system software, has meanwhile hastily released security patches for pre-Windows 10 versions, still in wide use, to guard against WannaCry.

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A patient takes a nap on her wheelchair as she waits with others at the registration desk at Dharmais Cancer Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 15, 2017 as the hospital's information system is in trouble by cyberattack. The NSA stockpiles ways to hack computers in case they need to hack someone's computers real quick (without a warrant?). The NSA stockpiles vulnerabilities in order be able to effectively combat cyber attacks - if it knows what tools are used in an attack before it even starts, it's chance of stopping it in its tracks is high.

Microsoft no longer supports Windows 2003 or Windows XP, so anyone using those operating systems is at serious risk.

One risky PC malware, which starting May 12 has been proliferating worldwide, of late attacked companies, universities and even government departments within over 100 nations.

Microsoft pointed that, "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call".