Ransomware WannaCry to attack Indian banking system soon: Cyber expert

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"It would be deeply troubling if the NSA knew about this vulnerability but failed to disclose it to Microsoft until after it was stolen", said Patrick Toomey, a lawyer working for the American Civil Liberties Union. UN's Head of Global Cyber Crime, Neil Walsh, said Bitcoin could be used as a way of tracing these hackers, since the malware locked computers by showing a message that requires the user to send £230 ($300) to restore access to files. Microsoft President Brad Smith, along with numerous cyber security experts, acknowledged that the attack leveraged a hacking exploit created by the U.S. National Security Agency, which was leaked online in April.

Microsoft released a patch for XP on Friday that addressed the exploit. A software upgrade of all government systems will also be in place by then, he said.

Expert and Security agencies are yet to find that who is behind the attack.

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"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Smith wrote. The company published a strongly worded blog post Sunday that criticized governments for "stockpiling" information on potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. That's wrong, says Smith. But some sort of agreement by governments to not stockpile vulnerabilities that can be exploited by bad guys is needed.

The NSA belatedly informed Microsoft of the weakness just three months ago, allowing Microsoft to build a patch but, evidently, not giving it sufficient time to fully mitigate the flaws security impact. This is something Microsoft has been arguing for a while, but perhaps this recent attack will make organisations like the NSA listen harder.

Smith goes on to say that governments of the world "should treat this attack as a wake-up call", and reiterates that a similar approach is needed to the treatment of conventional weapons.

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Patch your computers. They should have the latest software update.

"There is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems".

It's always been said it's generally safer to use a Mac, simply by the virtue of there being fewer in the world meaning hackers can't be bothered to make viruses targeting them.

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Earlier in the day, central transmission utility Power Grid said it has put sufficient firewalls to deal with the global cyber attack Ramsomware and consumers need not fear sudden outages on that account.

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