United States should not stockpile cyber weapons, Microsoft says

Fernando Stephens
May 20, 2017

Following the flurry of reports of the attack, the chief of global and legal affairs at Iran's Cyber Police warned that the "ransomware", which has affected countless computer systems worldwide, has done the same to some systems inside the country.

If you do, this message will pop up on your screen, demanding money to get your files back while infecting other computers on the same network.

More than 200,000 victims in about 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware so far.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that will block access to your files unless you pay a ransom.

An enormous global cyberattack appeared to have slowed down Monday, the US said, although the virus has already infected an estimated 300,000 computers worldwide.

The phenomenon of companies failing to update their systems has been a persistent security problem for years.

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Users of old Windows systems can now download a patch to protect them from this week's massive ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack called WannaCry that was first launched on 12 May and since spread around the world impacted a number of high-profile organisations globally, including NHS England in the UK. The tools behind the cyber attack allegedly belonged to the US National Security Agency.

After the WannaCry cyberattack hit computer systems worldwide, Microsoft says governments should report software vulnerabilities instead of collecting them. Most of the leaked exploits are said to use zero-day vulnerabilities, previously unknown software exploits used by hackers before the software makers are aware of them.

Blaming the ransomware attack on stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments, Microsoft said, "vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world".

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits", Smith wrote. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". In Australia, Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan warned that there will always be threats of cyber attacks despite measures to intensify the country's cyber security.

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