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NHS ransomware attack raises concerns about online security

NHS ransomware attack raises concerns about online security

Microsoft's top lawyer has blamed the government's stockpiling of hacking tools as part of the reason for the WannaCry attack, the worldwide ransomware that has hit hundreds of thousands of systems in recent days. "We've seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released".

WannaCry, otherwise known as WannaCrypt is a software which targets computers running on the Windows system and locks files until a ransom is paid in digital Bitcoins. Microsoft was under no legal obligation to do this, mind you, since it no longer supports Windows XP - after having extended its product lifecycle several times in the past. The exchanges told members that they will have to ensure that all workstations and servers have the latest Microsoft patch.

This weekend saw the largest ever cyber-attacks done on this planet that crippled many government facilities over the globe and even many private firms were also affected by the attack. Brad Smith, the company's lawyer wrote on Microsoft's official blog: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". "Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage".

And now, the group named Shadow Brokers, that had leaked the tools from the USA national security agency's stockpile of cyber weapons, which were used by hackers for the recent attacks has said in a blog that it would be releasing hacking tools every month. Naturally, someone is going to get in trouble for this massive security failure, but it's not going to be Microsoft. "As expected, the attackers have released new variants of the malware".

Mexico expects NAFTA talks by late August: economy minister
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer begins a 90-day consultation period with Congress, U.S. industries and the American public. America's Nafta partners said on Thursday they welcomed the strategy of modernizing rather than scrapping the trade pact.

In its editorial on May 17, the paper says that efforts to tackle the issue of cyber security have been hindered by the United States, and calls for greater cooperation between countries to make the virtual world more secure. If Shadow Brokers have access to this data set then the sale of such high-profile data could put not only the of the government but the netizen also at risk.

WannaCry has been so much in negative discussion that one can barely find a direct response regarding its function as also what way may exist for remedying it.

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.


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