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Ransomware attack again thrusts US spy agency into unwanted spotlight

The malware, known as "WannaCry", paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems, hitting 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries. These institutions had not upgraded to the new Windows system, which has a patch that guards against malware. There was speculation that one or two small banks in South India may have been affected and that the magnitude of the damage may not be much, said two people familiar with the matter.



North Korea may have connection to WannaCry ransomware action

WannaCry, the ransomware cyber attack that has affected computers worldwide has made its way to India, affecting states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala. "Despite appearing to be criminal activity meant to earn money, it appears that less than $70,000 has been paid in ransoms, and we are not aware of payments that led to any data recovery", said Tom Bossert, the U.S.


Indian-origin Google researcher links ransomware attack to North Korea

Indian-origin Google researcher links ransomware attack to North Korea

Researchers at Symantec and Kaspersky Lab have found similarities between WannaCry and previous attacks blamed on North Korea . Businesses are still reeling from the fallout, and government agencies around the world are investigating. North Korea has always been short of cash, due to worldwide sanctions, but it has developed sophisticated hacking capabilities that have been harnessed for mayhem and profit .



Amidst global ransomware attack, new versions of WannaCry emerge

When you're using public WiFi networks, make sure you tell your system that you're on a public network (many will ask if it's a public or home computer.) That tells your operating system that it's functioning in a potentially threat-filled environment and it will close off some of its more vulnerable software ports to the outside.



U.S. should not stockpile cyber weapons, Microsoft says

Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, said: "We have seen 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".



All you need to know about the Ransomware attack

Experts were urging organizations and companies to immediately update older Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows XP, with a patch released by Microsoft Corp.to limit vulnerability to a more powerful version of the malware - or to future versions that can't be stopped.