Microsoft to NSA: WannaCry is your fault

According to a statement by Britain's National Health Service, several hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale ransomware cyber attack causing failures to computer systems

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the virus manages to use Port 445, which is a non-connected location Microsoft uses to communicate between computer and peripheral - like a printer. On Friday, many NHS hospitals had to turn away patients after WannaCry locked up computers, forcing the closure of wards and emergency rooms.

The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open any document files as the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.

The human factor is and will always remain the weakest link in the whole cyber security chain, whether in the context of an organisation or country. "It jumped to $1,000 after that", the report said. Domestic banks, the interior and health ministries, the state-owned Russian railway firm and the second largest mobile phone network were all reported to have been hit. Most personal computer users in the United States leave their computers on "auto-update" and this may have helped prevent a lot of trouble. What was going on?

This year in January another ransomware by the name of Lazarus had attacked Indian companies. And WannaCry threatens to create even more havoc on Monday when people return to work. In many cases, the computers running these older operating systems are part of a collection of computers the victim businesses were using.

But he still advised caution because there are other types of ransomware.

Knowing this was a ransomworm, rather than a normal ransomware, I turned to one of the experts on malware that can spread across Windows networks, Roi Abutbul. We have more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, and we're working comprehensively to address cybersecurity threats.

Typical ransomware also generates a unique bitcoin account for each payment to make tracing hard. It had done a patch for the ransomware in March and it rolled it out to millions of their machines. He gives the example of a very successful ransomware called "locky", which favors Russian Federation.

Following the outbreak of WannaCry ransomware on Friday, various reports said that India was one of the worst-hit nations targeted by the malware. The problem is that not all customers installed the patch.

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The state-run People's Daily compared the cyber attack to the terrorist hacking depicted in the U.S. film "Die Hard 4", warning that China's role in global trade and internet connectivity opened it to increased risks from overseas.

Back up your information before you're attacked. They will click on the attachment and it will exploit a vulnerability.

WannaCry exploits a weakness within the older versions of Windows 7 and XP.

"We encourage all Dedicated and VPS customers to ensure they have antivirus software; a data backup solution; and regularly update all software, including the operating system, on a regular schedule", Raven concluded. Still, beyond the piracy issue, we will no doubt hear for weeks about WannaCry infections because some organizations will be slow to install the patches.

WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware has affected Windows XP systems across the globe.

First, keep up to date on patches to Windows and all your other platforms. So scammers sometimes have safe-zones - usually their home country - where their malware doesn't do any damage.

However, Bossert warned that following the patching advice from Microsoft and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be a top priority to stop the spread of ransomware, which has hit a number of large-profile companies, including FedEx. That means you can't train your way out of this.

And if updates are no longer available for key tools you use, it's time to update your tech.

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