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Microsoft's free custom support could have stopped 'WannaCrypt'

19 May 2017, 06:58 | Rodolfo Wallace

While Britain's National Health Service experienced the hardest hit from the attack, several other government agencies and organisations also faced server troubles because of this attack. The data system of the government-run City Hospital at Berhampur in Odisha was also allegedly attacked.

More than 200,000 computers across 150 countries have been affected by a large-scale cyberattack in the past few days.

Alex is a technical writer for Firebrand Training. Even if North Korea isn't responsible, it's a wake-up call. There was, however, no patch for operating systems Microsoft is no longer supporting, such as Windows XP or 2003, and for the thousands of devices still running these, there was no hope.

"It uses the hacking tools recently disclosed by the NSA and which have since been fixed by Microsoft in a more stealthy manner and for a different goal", he said. It is one of the things where you might be trying to cover all your bases, and so it lets you still recover your data and network. The Shadow Brokers revealed information about extremely sophisticated digital tools for attacking military, political and economic targets worldwide.

While the world is taken aback by the unexpected mass-cyber attack, which left millions of computers stock-still and breached, there is a blame game concocting over that is actually accountable for the massive cyber-attack.

All of these curiosities have caused some to believe the attack might have been less a real ransomware attack in search of cash payouts, than an attempt to mock the NSA, perhaps by the presumed Russian state actors that hacked the NSA and stole these exploit tools in the first place, notes Wired.

Reuters reports that two thirds of those affected were running old versions of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system and failing to install the latest security upgrades. According to a Reuters report, hackers are working on new exploits for Windows 10, Microsoft's latest operating system.

Microsoft ended up distributing the free patch for the older versions on Friday - the day the ransomware was detected.

WannaCry was classified as ransomware by the global IT police.

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Having a backup of all your data files won't protect you against being infected by malware, but it will greatly limit the damage from any attack that deletes or encrypts your data.

Keep all software up-to-date, including all security updates and patches. That hole has been patched in newer versions of Windows, though not all companies and individuals have installed the patches.

Another research by conducted Quick Heal Technologies shows that about 48,000 computers were attacked by the ransomware WannaCry, with most incidents in West Bengal and in Andhra Pradesh. According to Malwarebytes, 'Nearly 80% of organizations have been the victim of a cyber-attack during the past 12 months and almost 50 percent have been the victim of a ransomware attack'. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". "This helps to guard against recently uncovered vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit".

MOSCOW, RUSSIA | Following a massive cyber attack that has swept across dozens of countries around the world recently, the president of the U.S. technology giant Microsoft, Brad Smith, called on the governments, tech sector and customers to join forces in boosting global cyber security.

"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", the company said Sunday.

He said, "The attack that has been developing over the weekend has highlighted the fact that IT should be at the forefront of operations planning in any large organisation such as the NHS".

A West Point cadet participates in an exercise defending a computer network against an opposition force of National Security Agency and Department of Defense personnel.

This will not be fixed quickly.

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