United States should take some of blame for massive cyberattack, Chinese media says

Andrew Cummings
May 19, 2017

Security wonks are calling it the biggest cyberattack ever.

The malware behind WannaCry was nicked from the NSA in April. It locks down all the files on an infected computer. According to the BBC, the virus took hacked users' files and demanded payments to restore access. That's why it's called ransomware.

Microsoft released security patches for the ransomware on Friday. Unfortunately, there are many systems that simply are rarely updated, such (believe it or not) many military systems. If these companies are found guilty of being negligent on their security updates, they could be in a lot of trouble. Playing with fire finally caught up with the victims.


Alongside Dame Fiona's review, the Care Quality Commission's July 2016 Care Quality Commission review into cyber security "Safe Data, Safe Care" also highlighted the risk posed by outdated IT systems.

Microsoft said the vulnerability doesn't exist within the latest version of Windows 10, but if you have an earlier version of Windows, you are encouraged to download the latest update on Microsoft's website. The ransomware campaign was unprecedented in scale according to Europol, which estimates that around 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries.

The attack left hospitals crippled as operations were canceled, ambulances diverted, and patient records made unavailable in England and Scotland, The Guardian reported.


Also hit were Deutsche Bahn, the Russian Central Bank, Russian Railways, Russia's Interior Ministry, Megafon and Telefónica.

While banks and critical organisations have tightened their security systems following the global WannaCrypt ransomeware assault of the weekend, there is a blame game brewing in the U.S. over who was responsible. If you haven't already done so, get the appropriate patch installed immediately.

While the social media platforms were filled with posts about the ATMs not working, the corporate offices appealed to their employees to take a back-up of their data and not open any unknown attachment. Install all Windows updates. 5. So it makes sense to assign some responsibility to the NSA - the attackers didn't come up with this security hole on their own, after all. A 22-year old security researcher in the United Kingdom discovered a "kill-switch" to initially stop the spread of the attack. And WannaCry threatens to create even more havoc on Monday when people return to work.


Microsoft released patches for these versions of Windows, despite them having reached end-of-life.

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