Noida cyber cell gives tips on preventing WannaCry attack

This is an emerging pattern in 2017. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". We have more than 3,500 security engineers at the company, and we're working comprehensively to address cybersecurity threats.

The "WannaCry" malware attack highlights the tension between tech companies that want to know about security vulnerabilities to protect their customers, and the government's reliance on those flaws for counter-terrorism and law enforcement. "This is the kind of thing you need to think about and be aware of".

At issue is the so-called vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) by which the federal government decides whether to provide information about a software vulnerability to the product's manufacturer. Security experts have disputed claims that the virus was spread through suspicious emails, speculating that computers were vulnerable to the bug regardless of how vigilant users were. Even if everything goes according to plan for the NSA, this sort of stockpiling values the military and intelligence community's offensive capabilities over the digital safety of, well, literally everyone else, and is rightfully controversial. Hackers will sometimes encourage you to keep your computer on and linked to the network, but don't be fooled.

The "WannaCry" virus has infected 2,000 computers so far in the country, according to the latest figures released by officials in Tehran.

In classic cybercriminal form, the hackers designed the ransomware to increase the amount demanded on a set schedule, threatening to delete hijacked data after a stated amount of time.

The NSA did not create WannaCry.

Many companies in the UK and United States started the practice a year ago, but following the global scale WannaCry ransomware attack, the trend has spread to other countries as well. Minimize business disruptions and gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the organization's data is more secure.

Security experts have speculated that the ransomware, which works by exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows, came from a cache of hacking tools allegedly stolen from the NSA by hacker group Shadow Brokers. The recent versions of Windows include Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.

Jonathon Nash, owner, Lake Orion-based Leet LLC, said devices that are most vulnerable are "mostly older" personal computers (PCs) running dated Microsoft operating systems, specifically Windows XP and earlier.

Criminals used the NSA's leaked EternalBlue vulnerability to attack Windows machines with WannaCry ransomware.

However, proof positive of just how bad the spread of "WannaCry" has been, the company did something it hasn't done in years: released a security patch for Windows XP.

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