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Who's to blame for ransomware attack?

Who's to blame for ransomware attack?

In a Microsoft blog post issued on Monday, company president Brad Smith called the WannaCry attack a "wake-up call" for the worldwide governments and the tech sector to stop exploiting digital vulnerabilities and work together.

The malware uses an exploit developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) that was released by Wikileaks after the infamous Shadow Brokers hack of the NSA-linked Equation Group last August. Hackers stole the vulnerability from the NSA and others potentially used it to carry out the largest ever ransomeware attack, named WannaCrypt, beginning Friday.

And he defended the Government after a National Audit Office report in November warned that taking money away from NHS services would leave them vulnerable, telling BBC Breakfast it was down to individual trusts to protect against vulnerabilities and insisting they had enough money to protect against cyber attacks.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", he continued.

"We have seen 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", wrote Smith. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". The U.S. used Tomahawk missiles last month to attack a Syrian government air base.

China's Belt and Road forum ends, next in 2019
With the CPEC, India wanted China to know that it is miffed about the initiative intruding on disputed territory. Germany said its firms were willing to support the Belt and Road initiative, but more transparency was needed.

While much of the western world reeled under the attack, India appeared to be puzzlingly unaffected. MalwareTech's analysis found that WannaCry was querying an unregistered domain, so he promptly registered it. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could craft a special packet, which could lead to information disclosure from the server.

WannaCry takes advantage of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. Users who keep their patches up-to-date - admittedly, a hard task in environments where patches may interfere with the operation of legacy software, or those who still run unsupported operating systems - are at less risk.

It comes after more than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries were infected by the ransomware which originated in the United Kingdom and Spain on Friday before spreading around the world. Among those hit are hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in Britain, China, Russia, Germany and Spain.

The attack locked people out of their computers, demanding they pay up to $300 worth of bitcoin apiece or risk losing their important files forever.

The NHS was still recovering today, and although hospitals in Sheffield and Doncaster said they were unaffected, health chiefs in those areas asked members of the public to "remain patient" as GP practices got back up to speed.

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Dunst adds that the promo posters for the film had already been adjusted to show the image that producer had for her teeth. That sound you hear is the collective groan of a thousand actresses wishing their directors would take similar mercy.

Still, "My answer is, never pay the ransom", Abrams said.

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.

In the Sunday blog post, Smith stated that the cyber attack is further evidence that cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers. Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but many computers hadn't run the update. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past", he said. By that time, Microsoft had discovered the bug on its own and issued a security update, but many users with older versions of Windows no longer receive such updates.

French automaker Renault and its partner, Nissan, say their plants were hit by the attack, NBC reports.

USA appeals court hears arguments on revised travel ban
It also freezes refugee admissions so intelligence and security officials can review existing admission procedures. On Monday Wall said the order doesn't say anything about religion.


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