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Blame the 'WannaCry' ransomware attack on our own NSA

Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 21:57

The security firm Kaspersky Lab, based in Russian Federation, noted that Microsoft had repaired the software problem that allows backdoor entry into its operating systems weeks before hackers published the exploit linked to the NSA, but also said: "Unfortunately it appears that many users have not yet installed the patch".

Unfortunately, numerous millions of computers now still running the 2001 operating system never received those updates because their owners refused to pay for it.

Global malware Wannacry has hit India hard, infecting more than 40,000 computers and making it the third worst hit nation. An average user might not necessarily know better - but given how many corporate and government computers have been taken down by WannaCrypt, it's obvious that thousands of well-paid system administrators around the world have failed at their jobs.

He was critical about the casual approach adopted by government sectors where old machines were still in use with nearly zero backup and no patches were ever applied making them open to such cyber threats.

While Microsoft offered deals for government agencies during the first year after the support for Windows XP was over, it charged the customers, including Britain's National Health Service (NHS), for the custom support.

The good news is Google releases security updates for Android devices nearly every month - although in certain countries the carriers are responsible for rolling these over to their customers.

WannaCry has proven so nasty and ubiquitous that Microsoft took the unusual step of releasing security fixes for long-abandoned operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, since they are still widely used in some corners of the world and WannaCry has been a worldwide problem.

Driver in Times Square rampage charged with murder
The New York Police Department says the driver drove along the sidewalk for at least three blocks, hitting pedestrians as he went. Rojas' mother brought in for questioning Thursday; she said nothing to reporters as detectives led her to a waiting auto .

It's not just home users who are affected, as the attacks have targeted hospitals and businesses as well.

He said that private sector companies in the city were regularly hit by ransomware virus attacks in the last five years and that around 70 percent of them were infected. And if the main server gets infected, sync server also gets infected.

People running older software will often claim that they're clinging to it because they can't afford to buy newer computers, or because now supported operating systems conflict with another piece of software that they're using.

As the technology surrounding the Internet of Things evolves, additional security layers will have to be incorporated in order to mitigate any vulnerabilities arising out of such complex connectivity. Then there are those built on top of a platform of pirated software. You're having the flawless Sunday morning in your house which is equipped with Smart home devices - at your service with a simple tap on your smartphone. So were systems owned by FedEx and the Spanish communications company Telefonica, among many others.

Both hardware and software vendors often fail to account for future security flaws, and they sell firms expensive systems that eventually won't be able to receive patches.

For some enterprises, by the time they transition from legacy tech to modern systems, the "new" tech is already outdated.


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