Microsoft President Slams NSA For Massive Ransomware Attack

In a blog post late Sunday, Microsoft President Brad Smith appeared to tacitly acknowledge what researchers had already widely concluded: The ransomware attack leveraged a hacking tool, built by the U.S. National Security Agency, that leaked online in April.

Officials say they're aware of those problems.

Wainwright warned the healthcare sector "in many countries" was particularly vulnerable, but that all organizations should ensure they prioritise cyber security and update their systems.

Cyber criminals released a virus which encrypted NHS data and demanded a ransom payable in bitcoin - an internet currency - to have them decrypted, with the threat of deletion if the money was not handed over.

"It's always bad for any businesses to be a victim of crime, but as a whole of nation we can be confident so far that we have missed the worst of this", he added. Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but many computers hadn't run the update.

The software first infected Britain's National Health Service (NHS) before spreading to as many as 150 countries. "Even cloud backups are not recommended when it comes to these ransomware", Mukesh Choudhary, a Cyber Security Expert from Hicube Infosec Pvt Ltd said.

A divert remained in place for trauma, stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required, at the Lister Hospital, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East).

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Chinese state media said 29,372 institutions had been affected along with hundreds of thousands of devices, and universities and universities and schools among the hardest hit. The software giant has dropped support to older versions such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, as well as the widely-criticized Windows 8. According to the company, the vulnerability used by WannaCry was stolen from the NSA.

An equally important thing is to back up all the important data on your computer.

NHS Digital said health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the attack.

Brad Smith likened the WannaCry attack to the USA military having its Tomahawk missiles stolen.

"The Wannacry/Wannacrypt ransomware that has had such a devastating impact on organisations in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe should be a wake-up call to organisations that they need to look to innovative new technologies like Abatis to protect themselves", said Mr Davies.

Companies located in Europe and Asia are thought to be particularly vulnerable to the ransomware as they do not have the same safeguards in place as U.S. businesses and many of which are running older versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

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