Cyber should be wake-up call for govts

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith blamed the NSA's practice of developing hacking methods to use against the USA government's own enemies.

To prepare for fallout with customers, Judson Althoff, a Microsoft executive vice president, sent an email to the company's field sales team Sunday encouraging them to be supportive of businesses targeted by the attack, or even those who were simply aware of it.

The company said users of its email service are also fully protected from WannaCry. More than 200,000 computers have been affected so far.

Referencing Microsoft ditching support for Windows XP in 2014 - despite the software remaining in widespread public and private use - Omand asked: "Should Microsoft have stopped supporting Windows XP so soon, knowing that institutions had invested heavily in it (at the urging of the company at the time)?"

In the wake of the WannaCry Ransomware cyber attacks, Indian banks and ATMs managed to successfully beat the global attacks and remain unaffected by the biggest cyber attacks in Internet history that have crippled almost 200,000 computers across 150 countries with systems bending down on its knees with encrypted data refusing access to the users.

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Two months after Microsoft issued its security patch, thousands of computers were vulnerable to the WannaCry attack. The government body was working with the victims on recovery.

The attacks exploited the computers because they were running outdated versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

"The Transmission Control Protocol port 445 of Windows system, which is widely acknowledged unsafe, is closed on many computers". "More than technical guidance, I want you to make sure you are spending the time needed to understand the concerns they have and that they know we are here to help". With this extortionist "ransomware", hackers blocked access to files by encrypting the data, which can be decrypted only once they are paid a ransom in bitcoins.

According to King's Fund think tank, Britain plans to spend about $155 billion on the Department of Health in 2017. A Bank of Baroda official, however, said the machines were less susceptible as they work on a closed network. "We are expecting it and have informed the banks, since most of our ATMs run on the windows operating system which is the operating system effected by WannaCry", Subhamangala added.

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