Monday, 29 May, 2017

The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCry

Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 13:05

The worm called "wannacry" spread from one computer on the net to another, encrypted important files, and would only delete them unless a ransom was paid.

"Anyone running Windows XP was blocked from connecting to our campus network".

The WannaCry infections were so bad that Microsoft, in a surprising move, released a patch to update old, unsupported Windows systems.

It's hard to blame Microsoft, Litan said, since it issued fixes and generally did what it should.

Jim Killock, the director of the digital rights campaigning group ORG, said the latest attack was a sign GCHQ should be split so it no longer has responsibility for cybersecurity as well as producing attacks.

In March, thousands of leaked Central Intelligence Agency documents exposed vulnerabilities in smartphones, televisions and software built by Apple, Google and Samsung Electronics.

Microsoft declined to comment for this story. "The first thing that they are not doing is checking what systems have been affected", Subhamangala, Cyber Security expert told ANI.

"Our key direction to you is to remember that we are in this with our customers - we are trusted advisers, counselors, and suppliers to them", he wrote.

Of course, with anti-virus software, the same principle applies: Make sure to keep the anti-virus app up-to-date, too, so it blocks the latest emerging malware.

The only real security from ransomware is backups and solid security best practices.

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"People have extremely short memories when it comes to this", said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research.

Microsoft has recognized the risk cyber security poses to it since about 2002, when Bill Gates, the former chief executive, issued a call to arms inside the company after a wave of malicious software began infecting Windows PCs connected to the internet. "Yet, when a serious vulnerability is discovered in software, many companies respond slowly or say it's not their problem'".

On Sunday, the US software giant called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet (http://reut.rs/2qAOdLm). We have more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, and we're working comprehensively to address cybersecurity threats.

On Monday, private-sector sleuths found a clue about potentially who's responsible for the WannaCry attack.

Yet security flaws in older editions of Windows persist.

Microsoft has faced criticism since 2014 for withdrawing support for older versions of Windows software such as 16-year-old Windows XP and requiring users to pay hefty annual fees instead.

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

Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003.

"We haven't seen many organisations fall over and that's because they did some of the security basics", he said.

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