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

Joanna Estrada
May 21, 2017

WannaCry takes advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

"But this is so far the only workable solution to help enterprises to recover their files if they have been infected and have no back-ups", Suiche said of network back-up and retrieval systems which allow users with infected computers to restore them after re-imaging their PCs. As reported by the hacker news, there's another tool called called "WanaKiwi" by a security researcher named Benjamin Delpy that can unlock WannaCry infected systems.

Those hit by WannaCry also failed to heed warnings past year from Microsoft to disable a file-sharing feature in Windows known as SMB, which a covert hacker group calling itself Shadow Brokers had claimed was used by NSA intelligence operatives to sneak into Windows PCs.

On Sunday, the USA software giant called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

The newspaper argued the high costs led Britain's National Health Service - one of the first victims of the WannaCry attack - to not proceed with updates.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step".

The "WannaCry" virus has infected 2,000 computers so far in the country, according to the latest figures released by officials in Tehran. In many cases, this is because they either did not have backups, or they believed it was a faster way of getting their business back up and running.

Two security researchers who investigated the attack told Reuters that rival lender VTB was attacked, but they said it was unclear if any damage to the bank's system resulted, or what the extent of any damage had been. So, don't be the person who learns the hard way why you don't click "Later" on the update. We increasingly are among the first responders to attacks on the internet.

"The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex global investigation to identify the culprits", Europol's European Cybercrime Center says. We have more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, and we're working comprehensively to address cybersecurity threats. Microsoft said last month that the vulnerabilities that were exploited had been patched. Microsoft has released a patch for these operating systems, including the ones for which they no longer offer support. It locks up Windows users' computers, and asks for a $300 ransom to unlock them, paid in bitcoin.

USE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE Using antivirus software will at least protect you from the most basic, well-known viruses by scanning your system against the known fingerprints of these pests.

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"The operating systems on our computers and software downloads are managed centrally so that regular users cannot download executable files from the internet without administrative rights", he said in an email.

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