Bitdefender blocks WannaCry ransomware attack

This story doesn't feel too surprising. Bad guys generally target Windows far more than Apple's operating system because there are vastly more computers running Windows around the world.

Among the organisations targeted worldwide have been Germany's rail network Deutsche Bahn, Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica, US logistics giant FedEx and Russia's interior ministry.

But more than 7 percent of the world's computers are powered by Windows XP, which Microsoft didn't offer a fix for until last week, after the attack began to spread.

The attack stoked fears that the spy agency's powerful cyber weapons could now be turned to criminal use, ratcheting up cyber security threats to a whole new level. Install Microsoft's patch. 3. The company will notify users via Twitter and Facebook when it becomes available.

The WannaCry pandemic is thus a win-win situation for Microsoft, which will only end up minting more money from the fiasco. WannaCry should not have reached disastrous proportions - Microsoft released a patch that could close the vulnerability in March, well before the NSA's tool was decrypted. This is exactly what happened within the NHS.

The even more important lesson here is that years, even decades of warnings from security experts simply aren't getting through to the public. It then ended NHS funding for custom XP support, reportedly in an attempt to encourage health service bosses to upgrade their systems.

The State Bank of Vietnam on May 15 confirmed that no Vietnamese credit institutions were affected by the WannaCry ransomware. The company had already been supporting it longer than it normally would have because so many customers still used it and the effort was proving costly.

It said it was set to sell access to previously undisclosed vulnerabilities, known as zero-days, that could be used to attack Microsoft's latest software system, Windows 10 (msft).

The ransomware attack highlighted the widespread use of pirated Microsoft software around the world, including in China and Russian Federation.

While the NSA has not commented on either the WannaCry attack or Microsoft's response, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security advisor discussed at Monday's daily White House press briefing that the infection rate has been relatively low in the US compared to overseas infection rates, and that no federal systems have been compromised. So even if the recent ransomware attack acts as a necessary wake-up call, there's still a perceived safety net. This exploit is not a fire drill and WannaCry is just the exploits payload.

The WannaCry worm has affected more than 200,000 Windows computers around the world since Friday, disrupting auto factories, global shipper FedEx Corp and Britain's National Health Service, among others.

Many pieces of digital equipment - like the MRI scanners used by the United Kingdom's National Health Service, which run Windows XP - can not be upgraded as easily as a PC.

The cyber attacks have slowed down, thanks to the "heroics" of Marcus Hutchins, a 22-year-old British security researcher.

Should they push stronger for the adoption of the newer OSes and make users aware of the downsides of not doing so?

If the trend continues, using pirated software will be embedded in India's computing culture, putting the country's cybersecurity more at risk.

"We have to do a better job of that in terms of reporting, but also in terms of experts in the security field making sure people do understand the role that they play and how to go about making themselves and society less vulnerable", Burley added.