Microsoft's President Reflects On Cyberattack, Helping Pirates And The NSA

With the interests of government agencies and tech firms often at odds, Sims said, a national cybersecurity policy or regulations are needed to set out when notifying companies about a government-identified flaw becomes more important than secretly hanging onto it.

While the NSA has not commented on either the WannaCrypt attack or Microsoft's response, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security adviser, said at Monday's daily White House press briefing that the infection rate has been relatively low in the United States compared to other countries, and that no federal systems have been compromised.

You could call last week's WannaCry ransomware attacks a flawless storm.

The company said users of its email service are also fully protected from WannaCry.

The most recent ransomware attack occurred this past Friday and continues into this week. As a result, the coin's value surged 125% in 2016, making it the world's best-performing currency.

According to the company, "customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March". Once there, the virus can spread to other systems more easily.

"Clearly having the vulnerability be in Microsoft software was one of the key elements", said Steve Grobman, chief technology officer of McAfee, a security company in Santa Clara, California.

We know that Windows update notifications get in the way of our work, which is why many users disable it on their system.

There are almost 150 million computers running Windows XP operation system globally. Until Friday, Microsoft had not released a security update for Windows XP in over three years. Security patches can break essential third-party software, so they have to be tested and rolled out. In most OSes, applications can read, write, and delete any file "owned" by a user years after ransomware began its rise.

But some other technology industry executives said privately that it reflected a widely held view in Silicon Valley that the USA government is too willing to jeopardize internet security in order to preserve offensive cyber capabilities.

"We haven't seen many organisations fall over and that's because they did some of the security basics", he said.

"Our research so far puts into question the ability of WannaCry's creators to decrypt your files at all", Check Point Software said in a blog post Sunday.

Other tools from the presumed NSA toolkit published by the Shadow Brokers have also been repurposed by criminals and are being sold on underground forums, researchers said.

Related:

  • IPL: Smith lauds youngsters for Pune's IPL success

    They have been playing some really good cricket throughout the tournament. "It's just good communication between the two of them". Tripathi has been a revelation with 388 runs in 13 matches this season , and is behind Smith who has made 421 runs in 14 matches.
    Putin Honors WWII Generation, As a Responsibility to Future Generations

    Putin Honors WWII Generation, As a Responsibility to Future Generations

    A total of 26 Russian cities will stage major processions to commemorate the victory in the Second World War. The Victory Day is one of the most ceremonious festivals in Russian Federation .
    North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

    North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

    Researchers at Symantec and Kaspersky Lab have found similarities between WannaCry and previous attacks blamed on North Korea. The world is still awaiting a possible sixth nuclear test, which although postponed, will likely occur in the coming months.
  • House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Resign Next Month

    House Oversight Chair Jason Chaffetz Will Resign Next Month

    Sitting next to his wife, Julie, and their dog, Ruby, Chaffetz said after almost eight in years in Congress, he wanted a change. After Trump won, liberals hammered him for not going after Trump's administration with almost the vigor used against Democrats.
    Wallabies await Rugby World Cup draw

    Wallabies await Rugby World Cup draw

    The 2003 World Cup winners haven't had the easiest of times in recent years when it came to the biggest tournament in the sport. Elsewhere in Japan , New Zealand are set for a heavyweight clash against southern hemisphere rivals South Africa in Pool B .
    Klopp: Liverpool Must Not Slip Up Vs Boro, UCL Important

    Klopp: Liverpool Must Not Slip Up Vs Boro, UCL Important

    And the Dutchman added: "If we can do our business this summer, the team for next season will be really strong. The Reds have their Champions League qualification in their own hands after beating West Ham last Sunday.
  • Probe has Trump adviser under scrutiny

    Probe has Trump adviser under scrutiny

    The couple reportedly also received rabbinic permission to travel in a auto in January during the Trump inaugural festivities. Kushner has joined him on the trip and is expected to play a key part in negotiating an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
    Russia's Putin pledges to send food to Venezuela

    Russia's Putin pledges to send food to Venezuela

    She said the sanctions are proof of "the United States authority and leadership in the destabilization of Venezuela". Mnuchin said. "We find the rising tensions in Venezuela very alarming, and incidents like that involving Mr.
    Special Envoy Lee meets with China's Xi Jinping

    Special Envoy Lee meets with China's Xi Jinping

    There is another danger present with regards to the new administration - namely the United States and China. He also said he hopes to address these issues together with the new South Korean government.
  • McGirt grabs early lead at Sawgrass

    Rory McIlroy went to tap in from 2 feet and missed, and then had to make one twice that long for double bogey on the 10th hole. Garcia, who has made three 6's and a 7 in his 65 attempts at the island green, hit a "solid 52-degree" wedge.
    James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory

    James scores 35, Cavs take 3-0 lead with 115-94 victory

    Cleveland put on an offensive showcase in Game 2 , racking up 28 assists on 41 field goals. "Tonight, we did that once again". Did he need the breather? "I'm probably doubtful, honestly", Lowry said, according to ESPN .com's Brian Windhorst .
    Canada to play for third straight gold medal

    Canada to play for third straight gold medal

    Sweden's centre Joakim Nordstrom added a fourth point in the third period as last year's beaten finalists Finland were routed. Later, in the other semi-final, Sweden's Alexander Edler gave his side the lead before Finland's Joonas Kemppainen equalised.

Comments

Latest news

Russians Reportedly Bragged They Could Use Michael Flynn to Influence Trump
The new cover comes amid the escalating controversy over the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation. A senior White House official is now caught up in the FBI's Russian Federation probe, too, McClatchy reported on Friday.

Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week
A game streamed each Friday night for the remainder of the season will be accessible to everyone on Facebook in the U.S. Koehler was optioned Tuesday to Triple-A New Orleans after he gave up eight runs in three innings in a loss to Houston.

UK Labour's main union backer can't see party winning election
Why is Corbyn doing well? What we do know so far is that it'll be held in the week before the election. None of this means that Labour is on course to win the general election .

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians
Michael Ledeen, an associate of Flynn, told the website that the retired general was reluctant to join the Trump administration. CNN also reported White House lawyers started preparing for possibility of Trump's impeachment.

Royals-Twins washed out, with doubleheader set for Sunday
The Twins will counter with rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia in the first game and right-hander Phil Hughes in the second game. If Saturday's game gets rained out, Kennedy would pitch Sunday, Yost added.

Iran's Rouhani congratulates South Korea's Moon on presidential victory
Moon has previously expressed ambivalence over the THAAD system and told Xi he was "well aware" of Chinese concerns about it. Moon said he planned to send a special envoy to Russian Federation in the near future.

Ryan Jack Is Going To Rangers - Chris Sutton
He made 244 appearances for the Dons, scoring 11 goals and was part of the side that won the 2013-14 Scottish League Cup. McInnes added: "I want to wake up on Monday morning with a clean bill of health".

Motorist who mowed down Times Square pedestrians due in court
Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, South Carolina. "She was bright. Prior to the incident, Rojas held the rank of electrician's mate fireman apprentice in the Navy service.

Saudis, Russia Commit To 9-Month Oil Cuts, Goldman Sees $57 Price
Brent crude futures were at $52.05 per barrel at 0129 GMT, up 23 cents, or 0.44 percent, from their last close. But, this would depend on how much low-priced U.S. shale producers would raise production.

Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn won't honor Senate subpoena
The committee-which is investigating Russian interference in November's presidential election-issued the subpoena last week. If Flynn declines to comply with the subpoena, the intelligence committee could have little legal recourse.

IPL: 'Smith has infused win-or-nothing attitude in Rising Pune Supergiant'
Rayudu has been introduced in the playing XI after he returned from the injury suffered during the initial stage of the IPL. With this final being played at a neutral venue in Hyderabad , it will be about which team adapts to the conditions better.

Lahm, Alonso Bid Farewell To The Game
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Lahm played his 517th and final game in the Bayern shirt, lifting the Bundesliga shield for a record-equalling eighth time.

Liverpool bid €75million for Monaco teenage sensation — In Focus
He thrived under the added responsibility of being captain, as someone to look up to for a very young side. It was a sign of faith and sent a symbolic message to the players: All the players are important here.

Is Apple going to ditch the iPad mini?
But some observers say that for awhile, Apple has not given its iPad line the attention and drama the iPhone models get. The iPad mini was lauched in 2012, and was expected to fend off competition from Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire.

HBSE 10th Results 2017: Haryana Board 10th Result likely today at bseh
More than 4 lakhs students appeared for the exam, last year, around 3 lakh 15 thousand students written their exams. A spokesperson of the board said that 73.44 percent girls have passed the exams as compared to 57.58 per cent boys.

Other news