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Microsoft says, a cyber-attack that hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”.

The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”.  The virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. There have been warnings of further attacks as early as Monday. 

 

Many firms have experts working on the systems to prevent new infections.  Experts said, the spread of viruses slowed over the weekend but the relief might only be brief. According to a repot South Korea found just nine cases of Ransomware but details was not given.

 

In Australia so far, three small-to- medium size businesses had reported being locked out of their systems while New Zealand’s ministry of business said a small number of unconfirmed incidents were being investigated. 

 

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, criticized the way governments store up information about security flaws in computer systems. “ We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,” he wrote.   

 

Microsoft said it had released a Windows security update in March to tackle the problem involved in the latest attack, but many users were yet to run it. Mr. Smith said,” as cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems”. A UK security researcher known as “Malware Tech”, who helped to limit Ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming today ‘Monday’.

 






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