The massive malware attack that paralyzed an estimated 300,000 computers - and counting - is putting the spotlight on whether governments should be hoarding these zero day computer exploits.
This OS, he noted, has been a favourite all over the world and millions of users have refused to upgrade to other versions though Microsoft has introduced several upgrades.
"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", he continued.
"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", Smith griped.
The crippling attack has wreaked havoc on some hospitals, transport systems, phone companies and assembly lines around the world, and according to experts, is still on a war path. As part of the WannaCry attack, user data is encrypted and then held for ransom, which the victim must pay in bitcoin.
"While I guess it is possible that [the] Shadow Brokers shared the exploit kit with Microsoft ahead of time, it is more likely that the NSA released the vulnerability to Microsoft so they could get a patch out".
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Monday, President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser Tom Bossert confirmed FedEx was hit by the "WannaCry" malware. He said the government has not ruled out that "we haven't ruled out that this is a state attack". Many businesses and government agencies have been slow to harden defenses against cyber attacks - some because of complacency, some because of the expense. But he disagreed about where the blame lies.
"Have something on premise, have something in the cloud, make sure it works, because if you're not testing it, who knows what happens when disaster strikes", says Dowling. Previous year too, around 3.2 lakh debit cards were compromised in the country due to a malware attack that affected ATM machines of Hitachi during three months of May, June and July of 2016.
Computers around the globe were hacked beginning last Friday using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that was no longer given mainstream technical support by the U.S. computing giant. 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. Finally, if you do not have one already, this would be a good time to develop a cybersecurity incident response plan.
"Malware created by intelligence agencies can backfire on its creators", he told reporters in Beijing, adding that Russian Federation had "nothing to do" with the attack.
"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. "You just encourage them to continue to defraud others, go to your backup, wipe and reload the affected machine, and if you are infected, unplug immediately".
It's believed a group connected to the National Security Agency, known as The Equation Group, found or purchased previously undiscovered flaws in Microsoft Windows code and used them to create cyber-snooping and infiltration tools. On Friday, a global cyberattack affected those who hadn't updated their systems.