Microsoft slams USA government for its part in 'WannaCrypt' global cyberattack

Not that ransomware attacks tend to be the subject of reporting - there is quite a high rate of payment of affected users as the pricing is deliberately cheaper than most alternatives unless your back-up process is very good.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step".

Britain's National Health Service said about a fifth of NHS trusts - the regional bodies that run hospitals and clinics - were hit by the attack on Friday, leading to thousands of canceled appointments and operations.

The NHS was one of many major global organisations affected, with 47 trusts hit.

Putin said Russian Federation was not behind the attack.

In the United Kingdom, hospitals were crippled by the cyberattack, which forced operations to be canceled and ambulances to be diverted.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has come out with list of dos and don'ts and webcast on how to protect networks from the global ransomware attack.

Besides, the Maharashtra Police department said it was partially hit by the ransomware.

"It's this constant battle", said Ryan O'Leary, vice president of WhiteHat Security's threat research centre. It locks down all the files on an infected computer.

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the U.S. giant.

CERT-In has been on an overdrive advising critical infrastructure agencies including banks, airports, telecom networks and stock markets to take precautions against the ransomware attack by downloading software Rs.patches'.

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A 22-year-old British researcher who uses the Twitter name MalwareTech has been credited with inadvertently helping to stanch the spread of the assault by identifying the web domain for the hackers' "kill switch"-a way of disabling the malware".

He said if a new variant without a so-called kill switch pops up, then organisations will be on their own to prevent it from taking over their computers.

"I still expect another to pop up and be fully operational", Kalember said.

Smith would go on suggesting that governments need "wake-up" and take cyberspace as seriously as they take weapons in the physical world, and renewed calls for a "Digital Geneva Convention" to prevent attacks of this scale in the future.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame at the feet of the USA government.

A statement from Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith on Sunday criticised the way governments store up information about security flaws in computer systems.

Tom Bossert, a homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, said "criminals" were responsible, not the US government.

Twitter users around the world posted complaints about their computers shutting down and posted photos of the ransom demands on their computer screens. We have an on-going process of identifying risks and enhancing controls.

The agency's senior spokesman, Jan Op Gen Oorth, said it was still "a bit early too say who is behind it, but we are working on a decrypting tool".

Eiichi Moriya, a cybersecurity expert and professor at Meiji University, warned that paying the ransom would not guarantee a fix.

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