May 14, 2017

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

The latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. A statement released by Microsoft on Sunday criticised the way governments store up information about security flaws in computer systems. 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. Although a temporary fix earlier slowed the infection rate, the attackers had now released a new version of the virus, he said. A UK security researcher known as "MalwareTech", who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted "Another one coming... quite likely on Monday".

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