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Sharper Point: Four takeaways from the WannaCry cyberattack

Sharper Point: Four takeaways from the WannaCry cyberattack

Mr Smith said governments around the world should "treat this attack as a wake-up call" and "consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits". The attack began in the afternoon of Friday, May 12. It's affecting National Health Service (NHS) computers in England and Scotland, according a report by The Guardian. The discovery caused Renault to temporary shut down their factories in France.

The State Data Centre and several publicly accessed websites are safe and the ransomware attack has not affected them, sources in the e-Governance Department said. The attackers responsible for this latest ransomware assault could simply change the code (or the domain, for that matter), redeploy it and start again. "I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn [on] their machines on Monday morning".

A side benefit of doing so is that the researchers get a ping whenever the ransomware infects a new computer, and in a blog post they revealed that a new infection was popping up every second.

Lieu, who noted on his Web site that he is "one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress", supports changing the vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) to ensure greater transparency in how the federal government notifies software companies about bugs it identifies.

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It also appears able to spread to other computers outside corporate networks.

Officials of the SBI, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank said no impact had been reported on their operations on account of WannaCry.

On Sunday, Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright said that the global cyberattack may continue on Monday.

Affected companies and individuals worked over the weekend trying to recover from the virus attack. Apparently, that's a reference to one of the code names used for a group of hacking tools purportedly collected by the U.S. National Security and then subsequently leaked by a group calling itself "The Shadow Brokers".

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Security firm BinaryEdge, which specializes in internet-wide scans, has detected more than 1 million Windows systems that have the SMB service exposed to the internet.

Microsoft should know that there are people, small businesses, schools and hospitals that still use older version of Windows, such as XP (which came out in 2001).

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.

"Currently the spreading of the ransomware is slowed down dramatically because a researcher found a logic bug in the malware, not because the companies around the world are having good security practice", Matt Suiche, founder of Comae Technologies, a cybersecurity company in the United Arab Emirates, told ABC News on Saturday.

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The use of that domain is being called a "kill switch" in the malware. So even if the malicious software ends up on a computer, this "kill switch" will prevent it from holding the victim for ransom. WannaCry ransomware has been labelled as one of the largest cyber attacks that has raised questions about the security system online and made people extremely aware of how easy it is to breach the encryptions and take control.


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