Monday, 15 May 2017

Microsoft: Governments to blame for cyberattack

Microsoft has hit out at governments for "stockpiling vulnerabilities", blaming them for the "widespread damage" caused by the latest cyberattack.
The software giant compared the severity of the attack with "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

The malicious software - known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry - is widely believed to have been developed as a hacking tool by the US National Security Agency.

The cyberattack, which began in London on Friday morning, has so far affected 150 countries and locked 200,000 computers.

So far only £25,000 been paid to the attackers in the requested anonymous bitcoin currency.

However, it is believed the amount will increase as victims rush to pay ransoms of £230 ($300) or more ahead of deadlines to restore access.

The full cost of the attack and associated computer outages is not yet known, but is currently being estimated in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars.

SKY     News.