The blame game, ransomware edition: Who's at fault?

Computers that run Windows 7, 8, and 10 that have been updating since at least March are fine, Nash said.

Since its discovery on Friday, May 12, the WannaCry ransomware attack has continued to spread, according to numerous media accounts.

"We know already that there have been attempts to attack organizations beyond the National Health Service", the NCSC said.

China's cyber authorities have repeatedly pushed for what they call a more "equitable" balance in global cyber governance, criticising U.S. dominance. While withdrawals through the bank counters are still going on, a lot of ATMs with obsolete Windows Operating Systems in Bangalore have been shut down, IANS report said.

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Enable the "Show file extensions" option in the Windows settings on your computer.

Seeking to head off further criticism in the wake of the WannaCry outbreak, the USA software giant last weekend released a free patch for Windows XP and other older Windows versions that it previously only offered to paying customers. This will make it much easier to spot potentially malicious files.

Banks whose ATMs rely on Windows XP or any other vulnerable operation systems would be expected to apply patches and protect their networks.

The only real security from ransomware is backups and solid security best practices.

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Guinet, a security researcher at Paris-based Quarks Lab, published the basic technique for decrypting WannaCry files on Thursday, which Delpy then figured out how to turn into a practical tool to salvage files.

If you find a problem, disconnect your machine immediately from the internet or other network connections (such as home Wi-Fi).

The researchers have posted the tool on their blog for free download ad have cautioned that it only works if the infected system has not been rebooted since the attack and the files have not been locked permanently by the ransomware.

Here's the link to the official update page by Microsoft, which includes patches for most of the versions.

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While the NSA has not commented on either the WannaCry attack or Microsoft's response, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security advisor discussed at Monday's daily White House press briefing that the infection rate has been relatively low in the USA compared to overseas infection rates, and that no federal systems have been compromised. But there are a few things that businesses can do to limit the damage it causes.

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