In a statement released by Microsoft, the software juggernauts claimed the cyber-attack that his hit 150 countries internationally since Friday should be treated as a “wake-up call.”
Microsoft says the government is to be blamed for improperly storing data on the software which could then be reached by hackers.
The cyber-criminals allegedly stole information regarding software vulnerabilities from US Intelligence and learned they could attack with a virus that exploits a loophole in the Microsoft Windows Software.
People are scared there will be more ransomware attacks as they begin work today, Monday, May 15th, although very few have been reported to the authorities so far.
Several companies have had experts working around-the-clock over the weekend to prevent more breaches of security. The computer virus took control of users’ files and ransomed them out to the user for $300 otherwise they would be deleted.
The dissemination of the WannaCry ransomware slowed down over the weekend, but it might come back. Over 200,000 computers have been hit so far.
The ransomware warning pops up on the computer’s screen and demands payment after three days or else it will delete the files after one week if no payment is made.
Australia has suffered three attacks so far, and New Zealand is investigating unconfirmed incidents.
Nissan and Hitachi in Japan have been hit as well as PetroChina in China.
Brad Smith, Microsoft President, and Chief Legal Officer said, “We have seen vulnerabilities by the CIA show up on Wikileaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA affected customers around the world.”
Brad said this situation is similar to the US military having Tomahawk missiles taken.
“The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.”
He went on to criticize the lack of security updates which allowed the virus to spread. Microsoft said it released a security update back in March to deal with the problem, but many users’s had not bothered with it.
Mr. Smith explained that cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated, so, “there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems.” The NSA is going to deal with some difficult questions today because they didn’t do enough to thwart the attacks.
According to Microsoft, the NSA has a repertoire of cyber weapons online which is dangerous because hackers can gain access to the system and steal them. The NSA should’ve alerted Microsoft of software vulnerabilities rather than hide them for the purpose of exploiting them.
Microsoft has been criticized for not optimizing the software updates for large companies such as Britain’s National Health Service, with some people stating Microsoft not updating their system without being paid more money is kind of like a ransom as well.
Europol’s chief said to the BBC, the infection of one computer quickly disseminated across a network, which is why we have seen the rate of infections go up. Experts said, “another one coming…quite likely on Monday.”
Malware Tech, who is actually just a 22-year-old named Marcus Hutchins, was hailed as a “hero” for registering a domain name which slowed the spread of the virus.
Organizations affected with the virus includes 48 National Health Services in British hospitals and pharmacies, and 13 NH groups in Scotland.
Germany’s trail network Deutsche Bahn was hit; as well as Telefonica in Spain; Renault in France; and FedEx in the U.S. as well as Russia’s Interior Ministry.