FedEx confirms it was hit by global malware attack

The so-called WannaCry ransomware locks access to user files and demands money - in the form of the virtual currency Bitcoin - in order to decrypt them.

Apply the Microsoft patch that will thwart the attack.

Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far.

"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the United States military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Smith wrote.

Jonathan Zittrain, a professor specializing in internet law at Harvard Law School, said courts have frequently dismissed lawsuits against the agency on the grounds they might result in the disclosure of top secret information.

The files touched by the attack are encrypted and the attacker is the only source for the key to reverse that - this can have dire consequences, especially in the healthcare sector. "They're just a huge organisation which has had insufficient investment in computer security over the years".

The U.S. government clearly had its priorities wrong in not focusing on better protecting these cyberweapons, he said. "You had somebody stealing you blind".

The center for monitoring and responding to computer attacks in the financial sphere (Finart) CBR recorded computer attacks on Russian banks using Wannacry may 12.

A Microsoft spokesman reached Sunday said the company had no comment.

Richard Ledgett, who retired this month as the NSA's deputy director, said disclosing all flaws would amount to "unilateral disarmament".

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The firm analysed the malicious software, and found that the wormable component is based on the EternalBlue exploit that had been leaked out in a data dump allegedly coming from the NSA. Updating software will take care of some vulnerability. Microsoft had issued a patch on March 14, but many computers hadn't run the update.

After fashioning their own tool, WannaCry hackers deployed it last week, causing an immediate outcry. But many corporations don't automatically update their systems, because Windows updates can screw up their legacy software programs.

Although Microsoft has released a patch update to counter the ransomware WannaCry, it is now fuming at how all this came to fruition owing to the software vulnerabilities, which were exploited but not reported by the NSA.

Here's what you do if your computer has already been targeted.

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To mitigate its instability in the early days, the NSA hackers were under strict usage rules that required approval from a senior supervisor on a target-by-target basis to use the exploit, the employees recalled.

The Shadow Brokers' first dump of exploits in August sparked a robust discussion within the Obama administration.

"NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations".

"There's some truth to the idea that people are always going to hack themselves", said Dan Wire, a spokesman for security firm FireEye. A few ATMs running on old Microsoft Operating System remained non-operational as part of precautionary measures.

We are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003.

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