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In a post today, UK-based security researcher MalwareTech described how he checked a cyber threat sharing platform after returning home from lunch to discover that National Health Service systems across Britain were being hit by a cyberattack. Most similar viruses rely on humans to spread by tricking them into clicking on an attachment harbouring the attack code. Even if North Korea isn't responsible, it's a wake-up call.
Microsoft should know that there are people, small businesses, schools and hospitals that still use older version of Windows, such as XP (which came out in 2001).
Although the cyber-attack has been keeping experts busy tracking the whereabouts and the loss that individuals and businesses are facing, some have opined that the massive effect could have been avoided through some simple measures. Security experts around the world are still wary about it; they are nearly certain that either new variants of the malware that ignore the kill switch will appear or that similar malwares by copy-cat authors will. Luckily, it is not fully functional, but it's surely just a matter of time before a worse version of WannaCrypt emerges. While technicians around the world struggled to secure their networks, the finger pointing had already begun.
The attack, which targets vulnerabilities in Microsoft Corp MSFT.O systems, did indeed use a tool built by the NSA which leaked online in April, according to Microsoft.
High-profiles attacks like WannaCry "drive the market", Ilex International president Laurent Gautier told AFP.
Critics of the NSA do have a point, however. "In short, it has a lot of computers and at least some of them weren't able to withstand an attack like this".
"Whether or not you think the US government should be spending a fortune developing such cyber-weapons, surely it is obvious that the weapons they develop should be properly secured", said Phillip Hallam-Baker, principal scientist for New Jersey-based cybersecurity firm Comodo, in an emailed statement.
One way to protect yourself is to have the latest version of the operating system and make sure you have auto-update turned on so that you'll get all security updates automatically. The virus has also impacted computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7 whose owners had blocked the security updates.
Its initial goal by the NSA was to gain access to computers used by terrorists and enemy states, but unfortunately, the hackers behind the cyber attack saw this as an opportunity for misuse.
Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud
He said he was sending his application for the commission Thursday and hoped to be selected, albeit as a skeptical voice. And now President Trump has turned to Kris Kobach to figure out what should be done about the American election system.
If you had any version of Windows since Vista running the default Windows Update, you would have had the critical Microsoft Security Bulletin known as "MS17-010" pushed down to your PC and automatically installed.
But then, the patches won't do any good for machines that have already been hit.
The stolen exploits were reported earlier this year, and although Microsoft created a patch to address the vulnerability, many computers were not patched, leading to them being susceptible to the hack. These are valid explanations for using obsolete software, but they are not excuses.
Lawrence Abrams, a New York-based blogger who runs BleepingComputer.com, says many organizations don't install security upgrades because they're anxious about triggering bugs, or they can't afford the downtime.
It's important to realize that the attackers behind WannaCry - whomever they are - have made headlines. Usually used by cyber criminals, ransomware is a popular means of making illicit money from victims who have to pay the criminals in order to have their data decrypted.
Whatever the NHS does, it's clearly becoming a bigger and bigger risk to remain on Windows XP, and some action needs to be taken - this is about protecting vital patient data, after all.
Around the world users were locked out of their computers as they fell prey to ransomware demanding they pay up or lose their data - 200 000 were hit on Friday 12 May 2017 alone.
Note: This article has been corrected to clarify that the amount of the ransom price set by the WannaCry cyber malware is different than the value of one bitcoin.
Schwartz, now a lawyer with Venable, noted that "unpatched vulnerabilities are a danger to all no matter whose hands they are in". Federal Trade Commission, which has previously sued companies for misrepresenting their data privacy measures.
In other words, Instagram is making the case that its face filters are more realistic and life-like than Snapchat's selfie lenses. Instagram parent Facebook has been chipping away at all the features that made Snapchat a standout in the mobile messaging space.
House of Representatives passed a Republican-sponsored health care bill, the American Health Care Act, on Thursday. Days before his swearing in, President-elect Donald Trump made a bold promise on his plans for health care reform.
Come early afternoon Thursday , south-central Kansas is likely to be in the middle of some potentially severe storms. Forecasters are predicting another round late Friday afternoon with rain continuing into Friday night and Saturday.
But that's complicated, because hackers need to find security flaws that are unknown, widespread and relatively easy to exploit. The first version of the malware turned up on 10 February and was used in a short ransomware campaign that began on 25 March.
North also argues that even with the tax, the big banks can still under-cut the smaller lenders, who have to pay more for money. The easiest way for them to do this would be to raise the variable rates on their mortgage offerings by around 0.15%-0.20%.
Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many groups failed to take it seriously. Fortunately, certain Windows versions make shadow volume copies, so you can recover your information from there.
We all can't afford to buy our moms a fancy dinner but if you try to recreate one of her favorite foods it won't go unnoticed. We recognize so many different kinds of moms. "From you , we learn to raise hell, the bar, and our voices".
SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns heard from Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula residents at Ravendale on Monday night. For the 20th year, North Country Community Mental Health will conduct its annual 5-kilometer fun run/1-mile walk.
Erdogan welcomed Trump's election victory last November and said he hoped it would lead to "beneficial steps" in the Middle East. Asked if Turkey would continue to bomb the YPG in Syria if the group is armed by the US , Yıldırım was succinct.
But those friends from pre-school to graduation, are still friends, and they will be the best friends I ever had. It can prop up a player for time spent on the floor in successful lineups that have little to do with him.
Destiny 2 Gameplay Reveal + Trailer
Players will have the chance to explore new planets and moons in the solar system that were not included in the first game. The Bungie franchise returns on September 8, complete with a host of new modes, worlds, weapons and enemies.
Alien: Covenant is incoherent and pointlessly complicated
But this is an Alien movie and this is science fiction , and that puts you a step ahead of the poor souls sucked into the trap. However, as a side note, the ending is one totally wonderful way to cap off the movie and something many might not see coming.
Predators take series lead
How it happened: In the franchise's first home game in the conference finals, Nashville nearly played second fiddle to Gibson. The Predators have the opportunity to all but shut down the Anaheim Ducks with a win that would put them up 3-1 in a series.
Predators hope Pekka Rinne can give them edge in Game 3
Alex broke down Rinne's perfomance yesterday and gave us an idea of what to expect tonight, which is the biggest question mark. The Predators are the first National Hockey League team to win 10 straight playoff games at home since Detroit in 1997-98.
HTC U11 hands-on: Taking on the Galaxy S8 in style
The HTC 10 achieved a paltry IP53 certification, which basically meant it was wise to keep it as far away from water as possible. You can check the location-based information such as weather and several other widget-like settings from the secondary display .
After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1
The Golden State are the favorites to win the series and the team are going to give the Jazz their biggest test yet on the court. Several residents in Salt Lake City - where the Jazz dominate the sports scene - scoffed at the California players' comments.
Health care: This is why we need town hall forum
Don't a lot of us have those? Most Texans with pre-existing conditions and no access to job-based coverage weren't as fortunate. I don't understand the GOP's glee at the notion of killing something that - while truly flawed - is helping people.
Miocic 2nd UFC heavyweight defense is rematch vs. Dos Santos
The first battle between Stipe Miocic and Junior do Santos was a brutal slugfest that saw both men trading blows for five rounds. Boxing is set up for big things with Joshua at the helm, which has some calling him the first billion-dollar fighter.
Truex finally wins at Kansas Speedway after late restart
Gone are the days when the start and finish of the race were the only important parts. "I thought we had a pretty decent auto ". Blaney led followed by Larson, Kyle Busch, Truex, Hamlin, McMurray, Kahne, Kenseth and Logano when the race returned to green.