United States should not stockpile cyber weapons, Microsoft says

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The indiscriminate attack began Friday and struck banks, hospitals and government agencies worldwide, exploiting vulnerabilities in older Microsoft operating systems. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time.

The attack mostly impacted computers in Europe and Asia and for the most part spared North America. But one major company, Hitachi, said it was experiencing difficulties with its email system.

"Everyone should use a cloud-based backup service".

Professor Clark said ransomware represented a growing threat to computer users but pointed out that this virus was not new and a "patch" had already been completed to protect newer operating systems but not "obsolete" ones like Windows XP.

Grafi said his firm has been contacted by companies that are scrambling to avoid potential pitfalls.

Beijing University and Tsinghua University, two of the country's premier institutions located in the capital, have issued statements saying quick security action prevented "large-scale" infection on their campuses, without giving details.

French carmaker Renault said its Douai plant, one of its biggest sites in France employing 5,500 people, would be shut on Monday as systems were upgraded. If the ransom isn't paid, the data is often lost forever.

For a company like Microsoft to say it won't keep those systems safe unless they shell out more money, then that in itself is something of a ransom.

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"The stakeholders' organisations include NIC for all government and state government systems, RBI, NPCI and UIDAI for protection of digital payment ecosystem, DoT to alert the ISPs for security of telecommunication network, Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and CDAC", it added.

CERT NZ Operations Manager Declan Ingram says, "CERT NZ has received a small number of unconfirmed reports of the Wannacry ransomware affecting New Zealanders".

We are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003.

The Andhra Pradesh systems were isolated PCs and not connected to larger networks, he said.

Aside from taking a position on the wider effect and implication of what will become a notorious cyberattack, Smith also took the time to underline Microsoft's commitment to resolving the situation-beginning with a dedicated force of 3,500 security engineers now working to help customers around the world recover their systems. It gave few details on the extent of any damage, however, and China's government has said little about the situation.

A fifth of regional hospital associations in Britain's National Health Service were affected and several still had to cancel appointments on Monday, as doctors warned of delays as they can not access medical records. "At this stage, we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed". Dozens of hospitals around the United Kingdom were affected, with some forced to turn patients away.

"Many companies subscribe to the theory that if it's 'not broke, don't fix it, ' especially those that aren't prioritizing IT", said Peter Tsai, a senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

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