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All You Need To Know About WannaCry Ransomware

19 May 2017

Microsoft is pointing the finger at the USA government, while some experts say the software giant is accountable too.

WannaCry seems to have attacked computers in Russian Federation first, after which the ransomware quickly spread to as much as 150 + countries and affected Microsoft computers.

The exploitation of EternalBlue, suspected to have been developed using a hacking method leaked from US National Security Agency, allows the malware to spread through file-sharing protocols set up across the internal networks of organisations, many of which criss-cross the globe, according to Financial Times.

It effectively takes the computer hostage and demands a $300 ransom, to be paid in 72 hours with bitcoin.

EternalBlue has been used by the NSA for more than five years. The problem is once those vulnerabilities become public, they can be used. Still, he said Microsoft should accept some responsibility.

The newspaper said that the role of the USA security apparatus in the attack should "instil greater urgency" in China's mission to replace foreign technology with its own.

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"When a design flaw is discovered in a vehicle, manufacturers issue a recall". Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many groups failed to take it seriously.

Keep in mind that Microsoft recently rolled out a security update for Windows XP to patch up the vulnerability exploited by the ransomware but software companies simply can not release security patches every time the some ransomware strikes with lethal outcomes. However, after this kill switch, hackers have been able to release newer versions of the WannaCry malware, dubbed as WannaCry 2.0.

Since increasing numbers of systems running older versions of Windows were affected, Microsoft had made a decision to push an emergency patch for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, urging users to deploy the patch as soon as possible to limit the impact of WannaCry.

That's bad. But it's important to note that all the affected equipment was nearly universally running old, outdated and often unsupported versions of Windows.

While banks and critical organisations have tightened their security systems following the global WannaCrypt ransomeware assault of the weekend, there is a blame game brewing in the United States of America over who was responsible. When this happens, you can't get to the data unless you pay a ransom.

Both Murakami Wood and Munro painted a picture of a future where a huge number of devices are running out-of-date, unsupported software that will never receive security patches. The plain victims are users who continue to run Windows XP even after Microsoft stopped releasing timely software and security updates for the platform. That could saddle the company with the XP albatross for many years past when it hoped to be free from having to maintain the software. If one employee's machine lacks the latest security software, it can infect other machines across the company network.

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"They're going to end up going above and beyond and some vendors are going to start extending support for out-of-support things that they haven't done before", said Greg Young, an analyst at market research firm Gartner.

Who are affected by WannaCry?

Others subsequently confirmed the Google researcher's work.

Use the latest Operating System.

But, because Microsoft is a technology company, it whines about the government failing to subsidize its quality-control efforts. When it's not your dad's computer, but hospitals and train stations that are hit, it definitely feels worse.

According to numerous reports, WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

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