Beware, WannaCry cyber attack may just be the beginning

Hooded man holds laptop computer as blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration

Hooded man holds laptop computer as blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration

WannaCry's success showed that a large number of organizations are falling behind on patches and that many have legacy systems running old versions of Windows.

The WannaCry ransomware spread quickly across the globe within hours of being discovered. If these companies are found guilty of being negligent on their security updates, they could be in a lot of trouble.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked all banks to put in place a software update at automated teller machines (ATMs) to prevent their systems from a malware that has attacked payment systems across the world. It is believed that 200,000 computers were affected by the ransomware.

The "ransomware" cyberattack on companies and governments around the world has yet to victimize anyone at the University of IL, mostly because the UI bans outdated versions of the Windows operating system targeted by the virus.

Uttar Pradesh Police, on May 16, issued a set of measures asking organisations to comply with them in order to protect themselves from the ongoing cyber attack.

At this point, there are several ways to stay protected against WannaCry and similar forms of malware, but the most convenient, especially if you're running genuine Windows, is to install the latest updates released by Microsoft. A 22-year old security researcher in the United Kingdom discovered a "kill-switch" to initially stop the spread of the attack.

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But he said Mr McGurk was openly supporting the Kurds and "it would be beneficial" if the United States special envoy left. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily told Washington at the time to choose between Ankara and "terrorists".

The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused "widespread damage", the BBC reported. This means that if you suffer an attack you won't lose any information to the hackers.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said yesterday in a blog post that his company, its customers and the government all share the blame, the report said.

Computers and networks that hadn't recently updated their systems are still at risk because the ransomware is lurking.

EternalBlue, which was part of the hacking tools leaked by the Shadow Brokers in April, is the very same tool at the heart of the recent ransomware attacks.

With the world still getting to grips with the unprecedented global cyber attacks through the WannaCry ransomware, the group that made such an attack possible has promised that it would soon be making tools available, which could lead to similar attacks in the future.

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