It has been reported that a new ransomware "WannaCry" is spreading widely, RBI advisory to the banks said. That's when the NSA told Microsoft about the vulnerability, and the company issued a security update to fix the flaw.
Many of those were at universities in China. They have been asked to maintain a backup of critical data and store it offline and/or at a different location.
In the last 72 hours, more than 261 people have decided they would rather pay the ransom than lose their important files forever, according to trackers analyzing the three known bitcoin wallets. There were many reports came in that several hackers were lending their so-called help in unencrypted many user's system data, but with the exchange of currency, and as per many experts this is also called as extortion, through the virtual world.
The State Bank of Vietnam on May 15 confirmed that no Vietnamese credit institutions were affected by the WannaCry ransomware.
The malware attack began on Friday and is believed to be linked to North Korea-run hacking organizations. Even though there are ways to install the latest updates on updates on Windows which are not genuine, Microsoft is also implementing restrictions every once in a while, so depending on the release, it could be more or less hard to patch a pirated Windows copy.
The police have also asked residents to avoid clicking on any unknown link on websites or any suspicious emails or download links.
Mac or Linux users are at the moment safe from harm, but there remains a risk they could be infected via the intranet once a member computer is infected.
Microsoft has sent sounded out a warning to establishments worldwide, urging them to treat this malware attack as a "wake-up call", but hasn't taken responsibility for exposing hundreds of thousands of users to extortion by cyber attackers such as ShadowBrokers.
"You must have read the news that recently computers in many countries have been attacked by a WannaCry Ransomware that encrypts the core system files of your computer and shuts down the operating system". The 22-year-old cyber security researcher has warned everyone to patch their systems before it's too late to escape the attack.
Alexander was asked how much responsibility the NSA bears for the WannaCrypt virus - given reports have indicated the virus utilizes an exploit that was stolen from the NSA.