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Microsoft Criticizes Government Creation of Hacking Tools

Microsoft Criticizes Government Creation of Hacking Tools

The malicious ransomware attacks that affected computers in at least 150 countries on Friday could spread further as employees return to work this week, according to several cyber-security experts.

The attack held hospitals and other entities hostage by freezing their computers, encrypting their data and demanding money through online bitcoin payment - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. In many cases, the computers running these older operating systems are part of a collection of computers the victim businesses were using. "It would arguably be knowingly negligent to let those systems stay in place".

Spanish telco giant Telefonica and United States delivery service FedEx were among the businesses affected. Those who didn't pay heed to the Windows XP patch are the ones who have fallen prey to the world's biggest ransomware attack. "That's liability to individuals, consumers and patients". Those include a known and highly unsafe security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware created to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.

He said domestic cyber security companies like 360 Business Security Group reminded users to install patches via security software in March, but many users ignored the fix. Over the weekend the company took the unusual step of releasing a similar patch for Windows XP, which the company announced in 2014 it would no longer support.

A global network of cyber-security experts are urging companies and organizations to update older Microsoft operating systems immediately to ensure they don't fall prey to a more powerful and future versions of the ransomware. LinkedIn settled for $1.25 million in 2014.

The company on Friday said it had added additional protection against the specific malware, and was working with affected customers. He noted there was no indication the cyber attack had resulted in widespread disclosure of personal data.

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Microsoft blames governments for storing important data on software that was vulnerable and could be easily accessed by hackers.

Microsoft itself is unlikely to face legal trouble over the flaw in Windows being exploited by WannaCry, according to legal experts. That low-cost move redirected the attacks to the server of Kryptos Logic, the security company he works for. Courts have consistently upheld those agreements, he said.

We have also seen them make you complete surveys. "It is very hard to hold software manufacturers accountable for flaws in their products".

Blaming the ransomware attack on stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments, Microsoft said, "vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world".

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor specializing in internet law at Harvard Law School, said courts have frequently dismissed lawsuits against the agency on the grounds they might result in the disclosure of top secret information.

"I doubt there can be any liability that stems back to the NSA", Dore said.


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