Cyberattack is 'wake-up call' for governments

The Wanna Crypt ransomware message.                Image Cisco  Talos

The Wanna Crypt ransomware message. Image Cisco Talos

The WannaCry ransomware appears to only attack unpatched computers running Windows 10.

Microsoft, however, released a patch against the vulnerability on March 14, which could indicate that the company was notified by the U.S. intelligence agency that their tools using that particular backdoor had been compromised.

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Because it spreads through file-sharing technology built into the Windows software that powers most of the world's PCs, and because people are slow to update their computers, it's likely we'll be feeling the reverberations of this attack for some time.

The ransomware took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system. "While this protected newer Windows systems and computers that had enabled Windows Update to apply this latest update, many computers remained unpatched globally", Smith wrote.

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The malicious software hit tens of thousands of systems in hospitals, schools, vehicle factories, shops and more, locking computers worldwide with an unprecedented global reach. He adds that governments should report vulnerabilities like the one at the center of the WannaCry attack. While Microsoft had previously released patches for the NSA exploits that WanaCrypt targets, it's taken the rare step of releasing patches for operating systems not now in mainstream or extended support.

The attacks exploited the computers because they were running outdated versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Back up your data on an offline hard drive. 4.

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Here are the steps to prevent your computer from the attack, as reported by CNET. Then, just as quickly as it started, the attack was stalled by a 22-year-old British cybersecurity researcher who discovered a "kill switch" that stopped the ransomware from spreading. If the ransomware has only blocked access to your internet browser, you may be able to regain control by accessing your computer's task manager and shutting down the program. The ransomware will persist on systems already infected. Rather, it targeted a newer digital currency called Monero, which experts say has been pursued recently by North Korea-linked hackers. As previously mentioned, this attack is particularly unsafe because it's also a worm, which means that once it gets into a computer it starts connecting to other systems to spread as much as possible.

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