What we currently know about the global cyberattack

Blaming Microsoft for not providing free custom support to its customers who were using old Windows software that may have slowed down "WannaCrypt" attack, a media report has said the tech giant charged a fortune for the custom support for older versions, including Windows XP that was discontinued in 2014. By integrating gameplay and learning, Zero Threat is able to keep learners playing and help them to build good cyber-security habits that are directly applicable in a day-to-day work environment. "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. It's one of the reasons ransomware is an increasingly popular form of attack.

Cyber-security is now a trend for all hackers and it is like a game of cat and mouse, with gangsters always planning of new ways to attack the system.

Later, he admitted that he wasn't aware registering the domain would halt the spread of the attack, which has seen him branded an as "accidental hero".

The technology behemoth said that on 14 March it had released a security update to patch vulnerability, however many computers globally remained unpatched. Along with other cyber powers such as China and Russian Federation, it operates teams of specialists who identify security flaws that can be used for cyber spying or cyber attacks.

On top of that, the NSA would likely be able to claim that it is shielded from liability under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which says that the government can not be sued over carrying out its official duties. "We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits". Windows XP and Vista were found most vulnerable to the attack. We know this, because they're demanding bitcoin - and bitcoin transactions are public. "We are expecting it and have informed the banks, since most of our ATMs run on the windows operating system which is the operating system effected by WannaCry", Subhamangala added. The advice is to update Windows to ensure you are protected.

This includes whitelisting certain websites and software so only approved programs can run on a computer, or disabling administrative privileges on a company's machines so that only the IT department can download programs.

While businesses that failed to update Microsoft's Windows-based computer systems could be sued over lax cyber security, Microsoft itself enjoys strong immunity from lawsuits.

Cybersecurity experts are pointing to circumstantial evidence that North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack: the way the hackers took hostage computers and servers across the world was similar to previous cyberattacks attributed to North Korea. The illegal software can not be easily updated.

Some think that the root of all these come from the National Security Agency, more commonly known as the NSA. Microsoft also took the unusual step of releasing security fixes for systems it no longer is keeping up to date, including the Windows XP, first released in 2001 and still widely used in some corners. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

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