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Third, those that don't update or backup are most vulnerable to any kind of computer mayhem.
However, Bossert warned that following the patching advice from Microsoft and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be a top priority to stop the spread of ransomware, which has hit a number of large-profile companies, including FedEx.
The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), under the Ministry of Information and Communications, has issued warnings as well as offered protection measures to all users to guard against the ransomware and its variations, which target Microsoft Windows - an operating system that is widely used in Vietnam, especially the outdated Windows XP. In digital years, that's old. The higher risk of being encrypted lies at those Microsoft computers that are not patched with the update.More news: Car Drives Into Crowd in Times Square
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Investors should buy Microsoft shares because the recent cyberattacks will spur companies to upgrade to the technology giant's latest operating system, according to Credit Suisse, which reiterated its outperform rating on the software firm. WannaCrypt was part of a stockpile of exploits stolen from the NSA earlier this year. The first WannaCry attack was reported at 4:07pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on Friday, May 12. There are government-backed initiatives to help small companies with cybersecurity, such as the UK's Cyber Essentials, but these don't have the scale to reach everyone or even identify and help those most in need.
"Who's culpable are the criminals that distributed it and the criminals that weaponized it", Bossert said. "Rest of them were just query calls". It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available. "Microsoft has a very strong position that is an absolute, whereas my position is a little bit more balanced", he says. Given the enormous capabilities of the cyber arsenal, the NSA reportedly warned Microsoft about the theft, but chose not to inform the public about the potential dangers. For example, we're fighting a war and our military needs to take down a power plant, and there are only two options: "to drop a bomb on it, or to use a cyberattack to temporarily disable it".
And most of these services make it easy to find your data in case something is missing too.
Clearly, there is a difference of opinion among tech leaders.
Since the beginning of the attack, WannaCry has already caused massive disruption around the globe.