Former GCHQ chief blames Microsoft for world’s biggest ever cyber attack

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith blamed the NSA’s practice of developing hacking methods to use against the U.S. government’s own enemies.

As for Microsoft, some intelligence agency experts questioned its NSA criticism, saying it’s unreasonable for the company to ask governments to stop using its products as a way to attack and monitor enemies.

He said tech companies, customers and the government need to “work together” to protect against attacks.

While speaking to media, Subhamangala, Cyber Security expert said that so far there are so many states which has been affected with this malware.

Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks, a rare and powerful feature that caused infections to surge on Friday.

The government on Monday tried to allay fears over the impact of the cyber-attack that hit businesses and institutions in 150 countries across the globe on India.

EternalBlue could compromise all versions of Windows through a networking bug in SMBv1, and is the attack the WannaCry ransomware used to infect machines.

Businesses around the world scrambled on Saturday to prepare for a renewed cyberattack, convinced that a lull in a computer offensive that has stopped auto factories, hospitals, schools and other organizations in around 100 countries was only temporary. The hacker now demands a ransom from the host – anything between $300 and $600 in BitCoins – to unlock the system.

A former head of Britain’s communications agency GCHQ has come out fighting following assertions by Microsoft that it was not wholly to blame for a widespread cyber attack which disrupted much of the NHS over the weekend. “More than technical guidance, I want you to make sure you are spending the time needed to understand the concerns they have and that they know we are here to help”. The problem has affected organizations and individuals running Windows XP, an older version of Windows that had some security faults that the ransomware exploited.

Alongside Dame Fiona’s review, the Care Quality Commission’s July 2016 Care Quality Commission review into cyber security “Safe Data, Safe Care” also highlighted the risk posed by outdated IT systems.

Wallace denied that underinvestment in the NHS may have left health services exposed to such attacks.

The director explained that the case here is the exploitation of a flaw in the Microsoft operating systems.

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