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Ransomware attack: 69 Noida ATMs to be updated to tackle WannaCry worm

British hospitals said they were forced to divert emergencies on Friday after a suspected national cyber attack British hospitals said they were forced to divert emergencies on Friday after a suspected national cyber attack
Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 09:53

"We are expecting it and have informed the banks since most of our ATMs run on the windows operating system which is the operating system effected by WannaCry", Subhamangala added.

Microsoft could have helped made sure ransomware WannaCry wasn't so widely spread. However, the immediate preventive measure before any more ransomware attacks emerge is upgrade all Windows systems, said the security firm.

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith blamed the NSA's practice of developing hacking methods to use against the USA government's own enemies.

New Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) with Microsoft's Windows 10, however, were not affected by the ransomware.

According to the FT, the cost of updating older Windows versions "went from US$200 per device in 2014, when regular support for XP ended, to US$400 the following year", while some clients were asked to pay heftier fees.

According to Ryan Kalember, the senior vice president for cybersecurity at Proofpoint, the attack employed the same hacking tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked to the public by the hacker group Shadow Brokers in April to exploit vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system. There is no evidence of the hackers giving people files back.

Although the announcement was "too late to contain the WannaCry outbreak", the report said.

China is preparing to enforce a wide-reaching cyber security law that US business groups say will threaten the operations of foreign firms in the country with strict local data storage laws and stringent surveillance requirements.

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The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open any document files as the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.

Lawrence Abrams, a New York-based blogger who runs, says many organizations don't install security upgrades because they're anxious about triggering bugs, or they can't afford the downtime.

Smith has argued in the past that digital weapons need to be treated in the same way as physical ones, governed by a "Digital Geneva Convention" that would limit the stockpiling of computer vulnerabilities that can cause widespread damage if they end up in the wrong hands.

While the volume-pricing deal with Microsoft was eventually cancelled, the responsibility for the software (and any updates) was not removed from users or managers. Microsoft was under no legal obligation to do this, mind you, since it no longer supports Windows XP - after having extended its product lifecycle several times in the past.

The Inquirer reported that in May 2015, the United Kingdom government - whose health services were affected by WannaCry - would not renew its Windows XP support agreement with Microsoft. This leaves them vulnerable to the exploit enforced by WannaCry, which was patched by Microsoft earlier this year in March.

First, ransomware is a growing menace, and this may be the case that gets it global attention.

It's a wakeup call for organizations that are using outdated software, argues Credit Suisse analyst Michael Nemeroff. "Users must update the patch MS-17010 provided by Microsoft using the source link".


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