Chinese state media says US should take some blame for cyber attack

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19 May, 2017

Interestingly, the company had rolled out updates to "Patch the Ransomware Vulnerability" for Windows 7, 8.1, Vista SP2 and Windows 10 earlier this year on March 14, but only released "Security Update KB401258" to address the issue for less-popular Windows Server editions, including Windows 8, Vista, XP platforms on Friday. China is preparing to enforce a wide-reaching cyber security law that US business groups say will threaten the operations of foreign firms in the country with strict local data storage laws and stringent surveillance requirements. "This is an emerging pattern in 2017".

Calling for a "Digital Geneva Convention", Microsoft's Smith said the widespread damage caused by the ransomware shows that governments need to treat cyber weapons the same way they treat conventional weapons. "There have been isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh", said Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, adding that the government has formed a cyber coordination centre which would start operating from June to take precautions against cyber-attacks in future.

The ransomware was temporarily blocked after its onslaught on Friday, but reports from several countries showed that the first series of attacks could be a start of more risky cyber intrusions. But he disagreed about where the blame lies.

Currently, there is no permanent fix that could end the wrath of this ransomware, but here are a few pointers that could help you in protecting your Windows PC if it has not been attacked yet. 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.

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GCHQ, the agency with ultimate responsibility for the UK's cybersecurity, also works with the NSA on hacking software and creating backdoors and other exploits as part of its surveillance mission.

Meanwhile, there is at least one thing the government and security experts agree on: People who have seen the dreaded WannaCry screen should not pay the ransom. Some of the victims have reportedly regained access to their files after paying, although security experts advise against complying with ransom demands.

"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.


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