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Worldwide cyber-attack "Wannacry"

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And thirdly, the way the ransomware is encrypting the files on a computer suggests it would be nearly impossible for the ransomware developers to decrypt them, even if they wanted to. This ransomware attack should work as an eye-opener. Late Friday, Microsoft took the unusual step of making patches that protect older systems against WannaCry, including Windows XP, free.

Lieu, who noted on his Web site that he is "one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress", supports changing the vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) to ensure greater transparency in how the federal government notifies software companies about bugs it identifies.

On March 14 this year, Microsoft released a security update which addressed the vulnerability in the 16-year-old Windows XP operating system that the hackers behind the massive ransomware attack exploited and created havoc in 150 countries.

The ransomware attack exploits a vulnerability in older Windows OS, including Windows 8, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Amusing jokes, messages, GIFs and images related to WannaCry Ransomware virus attack is taking over WhatsApp and social media.

WannaCry or Wanna Crypt is a Ransomware virus, a type of malicious software that blocks access to data until a ransom is paid and displays a message requesting payment to unlock it.

India's cyber security agency Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has issued an alert about Wannacry Ransomeware Virus.

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What versions of Windows are affected?

For a full description of ransomware and how it can be stopped, see here. "Unfortunately, given the lackadaisical approach we often give to cyber security, an attack of this scale was only waiting to happen". Still, he said, "Microsoft needs to admit that the 20th century is over, it's a much more hostile environment, and that hobbling the NSA won't make us any safer".

"The same things are causing the same problems".

The biggest question is whether businesses should pay or not. It's high time that health services take protective measures, inlcuding updating the systems with the latest versions as well as imparting the right training and tools to workers to mitigate this vulnerability or overcome such attacks in the future.

Should you ever pay the ransom? "The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore", said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell.

"Merely shutting down ATMs might be a good interim measure but in a long term measure the government should come up with capacity building programmes that inculcates cyber security as a way of life among Indian population and inculcates cyber law education as part of school curriculum", he added. Other than that, there are some decryption tools that claim to decrypt the files that the ransomware have locked down.

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