Government activates mechanism to prevent WannaCry cyberattack

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Fortunately, Windows 10 customers were not targeted in Friday's attack. As this rapidly spreading threat evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from this and similar vulnerabilities.

Friday's ransomware attack appears to have spread mainly in Europe and Asia, with Russian Federation among those nations hardest hit, according to security researchers.

In addition to Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS17-010 that patched the vulnerability in March, the company also issued a separate patch on Friday for users of older and unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP.

The malware behind WannaCry (also called WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry) was reported to have been stolen from the NSA in April.

Smith criticized U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency, for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

The version of WannaCry that spread through EternalBlue on Friday had a quirk: It tried to contact an unregistered domain and halted its execution when it could reach it, stopping the infection.

Darien Huss, a 28-year-old research engineer who helped stop the malware's spread, said he was "still anxious for what's to come in the next few days, because it really would not be so hard for the actors behind this to re-release their code without a kill switch or with a better kill switch".

As organisations around the world clean up after being caught out by the WannaCry ransomware, attention has now turned to the people behind the devastating attack.

After all, security vendors are still seeing successful exploitation attempts today for MS08-067, the Windows vulnerability that allowed the Conficker computer worm to spread nine years ago.

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Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said in a blog post Sunday that the culprits used a code developed by the US National Security Agency.

That quick thinking may have saved governments and companies millions of dollars and slowed the outbreak before USA -based computers were more widely infected.

If you find a problem, disconnect your machine immediately from the Internet or other network connections (such as home Wi-Fi). "One of the country's largest oil companies, PetroChina, reported the attack had disrupted its electronic payment systems at its gas stations over the weekend. Patch your systems now!"

That means an out-of-date, unsupported operating system is more popular than any version of Windows 8, any version of Mac OS X, and Linux. This is the case for ATMs, medical devices, ticketing machines, electronic self-service kiosks, like those in airports, and even servers that run legacy applications that can't easily be reengineered. "Using Cloud storage with anti-virus scanning abilities to share files will help users to mitigate any possible threats", suggested Anand Ramamoorthy, Managing Director, South Asia, McAfee.

"Everyone is watching those addresses very carefully", said Dr Smith. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said yesterday that a few systems of the Police Department in Andhra Pradesh were impacted and that the state government has been informed to follow the advisory by the CERT-In.Besides, the Maharashtra Police department said it was partially hit by the ransomware.

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"We could potentially see copycats mimic the delivery or exploit method they used", he said. Around 50 chains of CJ CGV are estimated to have been attacked by the ransomware.

"I doubt there can be any liability that stems back to the NSA", Dore said.

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