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

The blame game ransomware edition Who's at fault

The technology behemoth said that on 14 March it had released a security update to patch vulnerability, however many computers globally remained unpatched. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.

In a blog post, published by Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at the company, on Sunday he said that the attack was enabled through National Security Agency (NSA) stockpiling exploits, rather than openly sharing discovered exploits so they could be fixed. "This is an emerging pattern in 2017".

Blaming the ransomware attack on stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments, Microsoft said, "vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world".

The internet is both a blessing and a curse, as it allows us to handle more of our day to day to lives from the comfort of our computers, but it also puts a lot of personal information at risk, which is why cybersecurity services will only increase in demand in the years ahead.

In April, the Shadow Brokers leaked several cyber weapons online after reportedly hacking the NSA's Equation Group. But now it saves your system from further attacks, so it is the high time to head to the Control Panel in Windows and turn on the notifications.

The impact of WannaCry ransomware attack has been limited to five or six isolated instances so far and there are no reports of any substantial disruption to India's IT backbone, the government said today. Tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google and others have been adamant that governments should not have backdoors into their software because the vulnerabilities could fall into the wrong hands.

However, this assertion by the government goes against claims from cyber security experts.

Meanwhile, there is at least one thing the government and security experts agree on: People who have seen the dreaded WannaCry screen should not pay the ransom. In other words, paying may not guarantee you can again access your files.

"While it would be satisfying to hold accountable those responsible for this hack - something that we are working on quite seriously - the worm is in the wild, so to speak, at this point, and patching is the most important message as a result", said Bossert.

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