Microsoft to Blame US National Security Agency for WannaCry Ransomware
Microsoft to Blame US National Security Agency for WannaCry Ransomware
19 May, 2017, 15:41
It began in Europe, affected computers in more than 150 countries, and was hitting locations in Japan and China as recent as Monday.
Adding to the stark warning, David Remnitz, Leader of Global Forensic Technology and Discovery Services at EY's Fraud Investigation and Dispute Service, commenting that even after malware outbreaks are fought off and normal service is resumed "companies sometimes face allegations that sensitive personnel-related or other business information had been compromised in the ransomware attack". All supported versions of Windows with Windows Update and Windows Defender running are impacted by this vulnerability - including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
If you think your information is not at risk because a cybercriminal couldn't possibly care about what is on your system, Levin says to think again.
According to sources, the attack vector for WannaCry is identified at "EternalBlue" which exploits vulnerability MS17-010 in Microsoft's implementation of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. Ordinary computer users need to apply common sense to guard their machines both at home and at work against virus and malware infection. If you are unable to install all Windows updates, you should at least install the updates discussed in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. "All the data in the laptop was encrypted and there were no confidential files", he said.
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An informative paid backup software comparison on this PCMagarticle. With this attack, Abrams recommends trying to recover the "shadow volume" copies some versions of Windows have. If you don't pay within a week, the ransomware threatens to completely delete the files.
Use a proper, regularly updated Antivirus. There's no guarantee that you'll even get your files back, and this will just encourage more of these worms to pop up.
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The latest ransomware was successful because of a confluence of factors.
Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, pointed out that WannaCrypt is based on an exploit developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and renewed his call for a new "Digital Geneva Convention", which would require governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them. But it's still slow: from the time an update is released, it takes an average of 24 days before half of the computers belonging to software engineers are updated. "I hope that if another attack occurs, the damage will be a lot less". In what it said was a "highly unusual" step, Microsoft also agreed to provide the patch for older versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
"I would actually argue that this was so risky that [Microsoft] should have released the patch even to their unsupported systems", Kalember said. But even short updates can interrupt people's regular workflow, so that study participant - and doubtless many others - avoids installing updates for "as long as possible".
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WannaCry has largely been mitigated, but there are still hackers using the same exploit to infect computers - showing not everyone is able to fix their systems quickly. Hackers will sometimes encourage you to keep your computer on and linked to the network, but don't be fooled.
"It's a critical decision someone needs to make about whether to fund criminals and whether to spend corporate dollars with unknown probability of getting your data back", Thakur said. "You can wipe the hard drives clean and essentially press a button and get your data restored", he says.
Even so, "while the total take is expected to cap out under $200,000, it will continue to grow over the coming days as the ransom nearly doubles", O'Brien said.
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Most ATMs were running fine, there could be some which may not have updated Microsoft's Windows operating system, sources said . A 22-year old security researcher in the United Kingdom discovered a "kill-switch" to initially stop the spread of the attack.
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