Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

The hack highlighted the vulnerability the spy agency faces, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to ramp up its own cybersecurity since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed internal agency files on its eavesdropping programs in 2013. Other breeds of malware may infect various operating systems, so no matter which device you are using, you should regularly update your software to install the latest security enhancements.

The global ransomware attack called "WannaCry" could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people kept their computer software up to date.

The most extensive ransomware attack in history spread around the globe over the weekend. Experts said that unless IT departments patched software and backed up files, they could be hit by the attacks.

The WannaCry attack "bore some striking similarities to the code used in those three attacks".

It's already earned the hackers behind WannaCry more than $70,000 in just four days. Indeed, the Guardian reports that "the similarities were first spotted by Google security researcher Neal Mehta and echoed by other researchers including Matthieu Suiche from UAE-based Comae Technologies". The Guardian notes: "Shared code doesn't always mean the same hacking group is responsible - an entirely different group may have simply reused Lazarus group's backdoor code from 2015 as a "false flag" to confuse anyone trying to identify the perpetrator". But in this case, according to Kaspersky Lab, the shared code was removed from the versions of WannaCry that are now circulating, which reduces the likelihood of such a "false flag" attempt at misdirection. More than 200,000 victims were impacted by the ransomware attack, which encrypted user data and demanded ransom payments in of up to $1,200 made payable in bitcoin.

There was no evidence on Monday of a second wave of attacks like the one that hit Friday, the BBC reports. But the attack has served as a live demonstration of a new type of global threat, one that could encourage future hackers.

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How did all of this get started? That's the nickname for what's believed to be the NSA's Tailored Access Operations, the former name for its network infiltration unit.

Microsoft laid partial blame for these attacks at the feet of government agencies that they claim are engaged in a "stockpiling of vulnerabilities" as weapons and called for new policies that put the security needs of consumers first.

This is an emerging pattern in 2017.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", Smith says. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". "We need governments to pledge that, instead, they will work with the private sector to respond to vulnerabilities, that they will not stockpile vulnerabilities, and they will take additional measures".

In a blog post on Sunday, Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, noted that as cyberattacks have grown in sophistication, the government practice of hoarding malicious tools has done more harm than good. Microsoft released a patch for all of its operating systems, including those no longer supported, to fix the EternalBlue flaw. But it did create something something almost as bad: Windows Vista, an operating system so horrendously bloated, broken, and altogether unpleasant to use that many PC users back in 2007 skipped upgrading altogether, opting instead to stick with the outdated Windows XP, a decision that has left many people on that decade-and-a-half-old operating system even today, years after Microsoft stopped updating it.

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