Still, since the attack has making headlines, the Internet is full of organizations and people providing guidance about safe use of technology. These two directives are incompatible in a global system: weaknesses exploited to attack an adversary are making the home networks equally vulnerable. Microsoft talking about WannaCry ransomware attack points at government's carelessness.
"It uses the hacking tools recently disclosed by the NSA and which have since been fixed by Microsoft in a more stealthy manner and for a different objective", he said. The NSA has known about the existence of the weakness for years.
The NSA did warn Microsoft in the end, after it realized it had lost control over the cyberweapon.
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Microsoft released a patch for the flaw in March after hackers stole the exploit from the NSA. Unfortunately, there are many systems that simply are rarely updated, such (believe it or not) many military systems.
One take-away from the attack is the importance of keeping systems up-todate (although that is not as easy as it sounds for complex IT infrastructures). The most serious of which has been the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom which holds patient care information.
Had the NSA notified Microsoft at the time of discovery, hospitals would have had years not weeks to patch their systems.
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Tag alert: Subscribe to the tag Elektor Ethics and you will receive an e-mail as soon as a new item about it is published on our website! There were many reports came in that several hackers were lending their so-called help in unencrypted many user's system data, but with the exchange of currency, and as per many experts this is also called as extortion, through the virtual world.
Microsoft, at least, is fed up with having to defend citizens against cyberweapons created by their own governments. "They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world".
"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", he added. "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".
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The newspaper said that the role of the USA security apparatus in the attack should "instill greater urgency" in China's mission to replace foreign technology with its own.