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150 Countries Hit, WannaCry Attacks All Around The World
Microsoft Blames Spy Agencies for Ransomware Disaster (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 487)
May 16, 2017 World News
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The ransomware epidemic known as WannaCry (or WannaCrypt) continued its spread around the globe - but appeared to be slowing around 24 hours after it wreaked havoc and shut down tens of thousands of computer systems and networks across 150 counties. The sinister extortion scheme, in which victims must pay to recover precious data, has already hit hundreds of thousands of computers at companies, schools, and hospitals. And security experts warn this is far from over.

Around five per cent of all computers affected in the attack were in India. Russia was the worst affected with 60 per cent, including computers at the Russian Interior Ministry. "Malware created by intelligence agencies can backfire on its creator," noted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who blamed the U.S. government after his country was badly hit by the WannaCry ransomware attacks.

The crisis has led to much finger-pointing over who bears responsibility. Microsoft didn't hold back in a response to this weekend's massive attack. The software giant squarely put the blame on spy agencies for such incidents, in a blog post published by Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith on Sunday. "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call," Smith wrote.

Microsoft is blaming the National Security Agency (NSA) as the primary culprit here, because it was the U.S. spy agency that found and exploited the Microsoft flaws in the first place. Someone then stole the NSA's techniques and published them on the Internet, where they were used to create the current ransomware epidemic.

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and use of these exploits. " Smith wrote. "This most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today, nation-state action and organised criminal action."

Mr Smith wasn't wrong. If you stockpile dangerous code like WannaCry and then allow it to be stolen, you're asking for trouble. But let's also remember the key point about all of this. The criminals behind the WannaCry attack were able to wreak havoc by exploiting flaws in Microsoft products. Those flaws will be exploited again in the expected second wave of attacks this week and then again during the future outbreaks that will doubtless follow.

If you read Mr Smith's blog on Microsoft's website he does actually acknowledge that his employer has some thinking to do. Security research were able to stop the flow of new infections this weekend after discovering a kind of kill switch, but there are concerns that new versions could flare up again this week. For its part, Microsoft said that its 3,500 security engineers have been working hard to put an end to this specific attack. As part of this, Microsoft also issued patches for older versions of Windows that it hasn't officially been supporting, such as the still-widely-used XP.

Why is Microsoft blaming the National Security Agency (NSA) as the primary culprit?
NSA is the US's premier signals intelligence agency
NSA should defend against cyber attacks
NSA has come under criticism following the WannaCry attack
all of the above
What did we learn from the WannaCry outbreak:
be careful not to click on harmful links in your emails
be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites
if you receive a link from your friend, confirm with them before opening
all of the above
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