Microsoft Says Fighting Cyber Attacks Is A Team Effort

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

The attacks exploited the computers because they were running outdated versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Global cyber chaos is spreading Monday as companies boot up computers at work following the weekend's worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack. It said that the USA had "no credible evidence" to support a ban on Chinese tech companies in the US following the cyberattack.

In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefonica have been infected.

"Once it gets in and starts moving across the infrastructure, there is no way to stop it", said Adam Meyers, a researcher with cyber security firm CrowdStrike. The security flaw that hackers used to launch the attacks on Friday was made public after information was stolen from the NSA, which routinely searches for flaws in software and builds tools to exploit them, the report said. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

Microsoft on Friday said it was pushing out automatic Windows updates to defend clients from WannaCry.

Typical ransomware also generates a unique bitcoin account for each payment to make tracing hard.

Microsoft has introduced a security "patch" to tackle the situation. The malicious software infects a computer and restricts users' access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

On Wednesday, hackers disputed the websites of several French media companies and aerospace giant Airbus.Also, the hack happened four weeks before a British parliamentary election in which national security and the management of the state-run National Health Service (NHS) are important campaign themes.

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Two law enforcement officials likewise said USA investigators suspect North Korea based on code similarities; the officials called that finding preliminary.

If you're facing a ransom demand and locked out of your files, law enforcement and cybersecurity experts discourage paying ransoms because it gives incentives to hackers and pays for their future attacks.

WannaCry (also known as Wana Decryptor or WCry) first emerged in Europe and appears to have hit Russia the hardest, The New York Times reports, citing an analysis by Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab. The interior ministry said on its website that around 1,000 computers had been infected but it had localized the virus.

"Only a small section of the computer-based data system, and not the entire system, of the Maharashtra police department has got affected".

CERT-In has also informed all chief information security officers (CISO) about the ransomware.

"The concern has always been, when are the real bad guys, the ones that don't care about rules of engagement, the ones who are really out to hurt us, will they become cyber-capable?" he said in an interview Monday night with The Associated Press.

From cash machines in India to vehicle factories in Europe, the software has attacked and disrupted businesses on a global scale.

China's cyber authorities have repeatedly pushed for what they call a more "equitable" balance in global cyber governance, criticizing US dominance.

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