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Microsoft was hoarding patches for WannaCry exploit

Microsoft was hoarding patches for WannaCry exploit

"They've been able to manage through it". Banks and other institutions had the time to update their systems.

Businesses and networks across Asia are coping with the first wave of WannaCry during their workweek. "And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action".

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the U.K.to Russia, Brazil and the US were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system. By Monday, the company said it had resumed "normal operations". "This teaches us how something can wreak havoc without attacking the traditionally designated critical infrastructure like a power grid", Choudhary said. When it's not your dad's computer, but hospitals and train stations that are hit, it definitely feels worse.

"A protection system. needs to be worked out", he said. Power utilities also reported problems.

The UK government called a meeting of its crisis response committee, known as Cobra, to discuss how to handle the situation.

Cry if you WannaCry, but don't blame Microsoft for it
Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, has called the cyber attack the "largest ransomware attack observed in history". The hackers responsible are demanding that the computer-owners pay them money to release their data.

The cross-border police agency Europol said the situation was "stable", after attacks that struck computers in British hospital wards, European auto factories and Russian banks. "Our cybercrime teams are now working to retrieve lost data", Joshua said.

The identity of whoever deployed the software remains unknown.

India is a major potential target for planned and targeted cyber attacks including ransomware as it is the IT and outsourcing capital of the world with most global organisations having their back offices and call centres operating out of the country. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen."Some major technology companies, including Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O), declined comment on the Microsoft statement".

In April, the Shadow Brokers leaked several cyber weapons online after reportedly hacking the NSA's Equation Group. If you're not running a legal, official copy of Windows you can't register it, which means Microsoft can't send you updates about security patches. But the success of the attack shows that not enough people took advantage of the patch.

White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert declared that finding those responsible for cyberattacks is "something that sometimes eludes us".

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And vulnerabilities should be pointed out to manufacturers, he said.

Although those computers won't have their data ransomed, it's not hard to create a new variant (or 10) that may infect at a similar rate using kill switches that haven't been activated - if they include kill switches at all. Yet in an unusual step, they released a patch for those older systems because of the magnitude of the outbreak. "The cat-and-mouse will likely continue until [someone] makes a larger change to the malware, removing the kill-switch functionality completely".

"Really the lesson here is that for individuals, at least, if they didn't turn off the automatic update feature - so a Windows update in this case - they would've gotten the patch and they'd be fine", said Troy Hunt, a security trainer and a Microsoft regional director.

Microsoft on Friday released a security update for Windows XP that fixes an SMB v1 hole that has been recently used to spread ransomware via phishing attacks.

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