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Microsoft Says Fighting Cyber Attacks Is A Team Effort

A computer technician connects a computer into a network server in an office building in Washington DC Experts brace for unstoppable ransomware
Manuel Armenta | 17 May, 2017, 04:23

"More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said.

As a new cyber attack continues to sweep across the globe, the company is once again at the center of the debate over who is to blame for a vicious strain of malware demanding ransom from victims in exchange for the unlocking of their digital files.

On the impact of malware in the state, superintendent of police (cyber crime wing) Sandeep Dhawal said, "So far no case has been reported but still we are on alert".

"If the NSA really wanted to be responsible, they would have contacted technology vendors shortly after they realised their toolkits were stolen".

Some cyber security investigators think North Korean hackers may have conducted the attack.

A cyber code is projected onto a hooded man using a laptop computer. "Many people installed the patches and others did not, and that was the main problem". Insurance companies say takers for cyber insurance in India are predominantly banks, other financial sector entities, IT companies, pharma and auto manufacturers.

Critics have charged the NSA with failing to notify software manufacturers of security vulnerabilities in order to maintain its intelligence-gathering capabilities against foreign computers. Microsoft has sent sounded out a warning to establishments worldwide, urging them to treat this malware attack as a "wake-up call", but hasn't taken responsibility for exposing hundreds of thousands of users to extortion by cyber attackers such as ShadowBrokers.

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits", he said. The ransomware also "drops a file named '!Please Read Me!.txt' that contains the text explaining what has happened [to the computer] and how to pay the ransom". "Report such instances of fraud to CERT-In and law enforcement agencies", the cybersecurity authority stated.

Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, defended the government's handling of known security vulnerabilities.

The culprits can only restore users' systems by manually sending the decryption key to each affected computer, which will amount to a time-consuming process, he said.

"Even in this case, we don't know all of the details".

Microsoft agreed to help patch older systems, such as Windows XP, that the company had stopped supporting with security updates in an apparent bid to prompt customers to purchase newer Microsoft operating systems.

Fortunately, the does not exist within Windows 10; however it is present in all version of former Windows OS, dating back to the Windows XP. It was, after all, their unsupported operating system which came under attack. But let's be reasonable, software can not be definitively supported and there has to be responsibility on the side of the business or organisation which continues to run unsupported software or refuses to deploy patches.

The report said that in China, more than 29,000 IPs were infected by the virus from Friday to Saturday, most of which were universities, hospitals, transport systems and companies. "For those systems that were updated and patched, they were not vulnerable to this particular attack". The company no longer provides regular software updates to Windows XP, a version first released in 2001, unless customers pay for "custom support", a practice some observers believe has put users at risk. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".