India Issues Red Alert as WannaCry Ransomware Hits Sporadically

"The recent global ransomware attack exploiting a flaw in Windows, while serious, not only demonstrates the continued ubiquity of Microsoft, but also highlights that numerous affected enterprises or entities that are still using older, and now unsupported, versions of Windows need to accelerate their plans to upgrade to Windows 10", analyst Michael Nemeroff wrote in a note to clients Monday entitled "If you're not current, you're toast".

As our chart illustrates, the $300 ransom asked of users affected by the WannaCry attack is low compared to other attacks in recent years. At the same time, Microsoft's current reputation with buggy updates isn't exactly helping the situation.

Agencies overseas including the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) are trying to identify the culprits behind this latest assault.

"For all intents and purposes, I'm with Brad Smith on this", said King.

The hacker group behind the leak of cyber spying tools from the U.S. National Security Agency, which were used in last week's "ransomware" cyberattack, says it has more code that it plans to start selling through a subscription service launching next month.

The WannaCry infections were so bad that Microsoft, in a surprising move, released a patch to update old, unsupported Windows systems.

It's hard to blame Microsoft, Litan said, since it issued fixes and generally did what it should.

When Microsoft sells software it does so through a licensing agreement that states the company is not liable for any security breaches, said Michael Scott, a professor at Southwestern Law School.

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"Concerted efforts to tackle cyber crimes have been hindered by the actions of the United States", it said, adding that Washington had "no credible evidence" to support bans on Chinese tech firms in the United States following the attack. Were you affected by WannaCry? The sobering experience of WannaCry must at least cause them to prioritize patching in a way that until now they have not. Smith says there's a real risk that criminals will steal them. A majority of Indian ATMs still use the outdated and out-of-support Windows XP operating system, stroking fears of an ATM blackout in the country.

Microsoft references the source of WannaCry ransomware's as vulnerability referred to as the NSA, featuring similar security holes to be revealed on WikiLeaks in the documents stolen from the Central Intelligence Agency. Its failure to give older versions the same protection found on Windows 10 - covering the security gap found and exploited but kept secret by the NSA - left millions of users vulnerable. You can also protect your system by installing updated anti-virus softwares which can detect if such virus is present in the mail.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, agreed.

China Daily said that National Security Agency of US should carry some responsibility for the attack which marks susceptibilities in Microsoft Corp systems and has septic about 30,000 Chinese officialdoms till Saturday.

If you are a home Windows XP user, patch immediately follow up with an upgrade.

Ultimately, "Microsoft will take a lot of heat for this, but in this instance, they performed as rapidly as they could, they have a right to be [angry]". A report in The Guardian yesterday said the attack had hit systems in 99 countries.

The WannaCry attack "bore some striking similarities to the code used in those three attacks".

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