WannaCry Ransomware: Microsoft Calls Out NSA For 'Stockpiling' Vulnerabilities

Posted May 24, 2017

More than 200,000 computers have been affected so far.

A group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers said earlier this year that the NSA had tools for breaching the global system that allows for the transfer of money between banks.

In response, cyber spies around the world are calling on the skills of bedroom computer prodigies such as the 22-year-old surfer credited with helping to stop Friday's attack.

Emails, bank account info, credit cards, passwords, are all in the hands of crooks and you have to pay a ransom before they will unlock your computer so you can get your files back. Further threats included the files being permanently deleted if the user did not pay up, or the amount tripling if not paid within three days. The affected groups include the United Kingdom hospitals, FedEx, a Spanish telecom, the Russian Interior Ministry and much more. As one can imagine, the virus had the potential to cost many lives.

"We know already that there have been attempts to attack organizations beyond the National Health Service", the NCSC said.

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In the wake of the massive global WannaCry ransomware attacks, worldwide governments and software vendors have begun playing the blame game. In many cases, the computers running these older operating systems are part of a collection of computers the victim businesses were using.

You can also set your computer's preferences so that your computer checks for updates more often. According to him, Microsoft has released patches even for ATMs that fall under the end of support category (those running on outdated operating systems for which Microsoft has stopped providing support) and they will be upgrading patches on all the ATMs irrespective of whether they are affected by the ransomware attacks or not. As per a NDTV report, WannaCry was stopped in its tracks by a British researcher, but it did infect almost 2 lakh computers worldwide. Clearly, their lack of responsibility caused their patients to suffer, and unfairly so.

Two months after Microsoft issued its security patch, thousands of computers remained vulnerable to the WannaCry attack. The security flaw that hackers used to launch the attacks on Friday was made public after information was stolen from the NSA, which routinely searches for flaws in software and builds tools to exploit them, the report said.

This attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers.