Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Hackers

Hackers

And it is very real. It then plays a message demanding that a ransom be paid to fix it.

The risk posed by this ransomware is that it enumerates any and all of your "user data" files like Word, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, loose email, pictures, movies, music, and other similar files.

The WannaCry pandemic is thus a win-win situation for Microsoft, which will only end up minting more money from the fiasco. Instead, it takes advantage of a security hole in most Windows versions to automatically execute itself on the victim's PC. Yet in an unusual step, they released a patch for those older systems because of the magnitude of the outbreak. Organizations such as Renault or the NHS were struck and crippled by the attack.

The origins of the attack are now unknown.

He also compared both WikiLeaks' release of CIA hacking tools in March and the stealing of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability from the National Security Agency last month to the theft of weapons from the USA military.

It infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files on the computer.The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about $300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device.

"NSA should be embarrassed - they've had a lot of damaging leaks", said James Lewis, a former US official who is now a cyber expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

But the NSA's role in the creation of WannaCry has been misunderstood: The intelligence agency did not actually create WannaCry, but played an inadvertent role in midwifing the bug. He admits to have accidentally stopped the infection by registering a domain name (9iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) that he found in WannaCry's code, without knowing what its effect would be.

The worst is not quite over, the virus is set to return in a variant.

The malware, however, continues to spread as new variants appear, stressing the need for the populace to remain vigilant and for the government, tech firms, and cybersecurity experts to sustain their efforts against the malware. Bank officials were asked not open any mails from unidentified sources.They were also asked to exercise caution in opening attachments or URL links sent in mails.

The even more important lesson here is that years, even decades of warnings from security experts simply aren't getting through to the public. Keep all your softwares up-to-date. The NSA stockpiles ways to hack computers in case they need to hack someone's computers real quick (without a warrant?). Interestingly, the company had rolled out updates to "Patch the Ransomware Vulnerability" for Windows 7, 8.1, Vista SP2 and Windows 10 earlier this year on March 14, but only released "Security Update KB401258" to address the issue for less-popular Windows Server editions, including Windows 8, Vista, XP platforms on Friday.

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