A global cyberattack with malicious software has struck again.
Who's being targeted for blame?
Although the USA appears to have dodged a bullet, at least for now, going forward Riggi asserts that overall the healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable to ransomware and is a high-priority target for cybercriminals because of the high value of health data. Updating software will take care of some vulnerability.
Who is behind the attack? .
"Whether or not you think the US government should be spending a fortune developing such cyber-weapons, surely it is obvious that the weapons they develop should be properly secured", said Phillip Hallam-Baker, principal scientist for New Jersey-based cybersecurity firm Comodo, in an emailed statement. "Still, the NSA can't be very proud of this".
Individual users are the linchpin in cybersecurity and have a key role to play in their own cybersecurity. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".
"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", Smith said.
The company's top lawyer said the government should report weaknesses they discover to software companies rather than seek to exploit them. Microsoft did issue patches for the vulnerabilities before the attacks took place, but not everyone downloaded them.
If the attackers hit critical national infrastructure and cause death and destruction, then you enter the realm of the War Powers Act and post 9/11 legislation, as well as the core presidential authority to pursue the attackers and country housing them. The other is to disable a type of software that connects computers to printers and faxes, which the virus exploits, O'Leary added. In-fact, to recall, Microsoft recently issued a patch for non-supported OS version such as Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 8. I don't think anyone can build completely foolproof programmes or an operating system that is not prone to any sort of such attacks. The researcher works for a security company called Kryptos Logic but has asked not to be named for privacy reasons, though tabloid newspapers have outed his details and shown up at his parents' home where he lives. When security patches are no longer available, the systems should be replaced. Other reports of cyber attacks developed using information in the Shadow Brokers dump surfaced over the past few weeks.
Permit automatic Windows updates if you do not want to worry about keeping your computer updated.
Oh, and yes, Snowden also couldn't resist reminding the world that being right this often really isn't easy.
Cybersecurity companies have advised affected clients not to pay the ransom since there is no guarantee that the data would be restored.
The solution, therefore, is as simple as it is boring: make sure your operating system is up to date and secure.
The attack held users hostage by freezing their computers, popping up a red screen with the words, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and demanding money through online bitcoin payment - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later.
They exploited a ideal storm of factors - the Windows hole, the ability to get ransom paid in digital currency, poor security practices - but it's unclear if the payoff, at least so far, was worth the trouble. If they ever do try to move the funds without taking appropriate precautions, they could get caught.