Windows 10: Hacking tools were stolen from NSA - Almost all Windows affected

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  1.    14 May 2017 #101

    ToniCipriani said: View Post
    For an average Windows 7 system with an unknown patch level, I assume just running the May 2017 rollup (KB4019264) should be sufficient to get it up to date to be safe to follow up with a Windows Update check?

    Trying to remote help someone over here.
    Here is the MS blog showing which have been patched:
    Protecting customers and evaluating risk MSRC

    The one being exploited by WCry is EternalBlue.
    An NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide | Ars Technica

    Another cause for concern: wcry copies a weapons-grade exploit codenamed Eternalblue that the NSA used for years to remotely commandeer computers running Microsoft Windows. Eternalblue, which works reliably against computers running Microsoft Windows XP through Windows Server 2012, was one of several potent exploits published in the most recent Shadow Brokers release in mid-April. The Wcry developers have combined the Eternalblue exploit with a self-replicating payload that allows the ransomware to spread virally from vulnerable machine to vulnerable machine, without requiring operators to open e-mails, click on links, or take any other sort of action.
    Being fully patched and up-to-date prevents this exploit, and the malware's kill switch has been activated. MS even put out fixes for unsupported platforms (XP, 8, Server 2003). But, systems that have already been hit need recovery.

    EDIT: You'll want to research those patches to get the KB numbers, and then verify that the system does indeed have them installed.
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  2.    14 May 2017 #102

    Wynona said: View Post
    Curiosity question, Elbmek . . . Do you use your computer for any type business?
    no mate, purely hobby and games. My hobby involves 14 sites of my own, of various topics. 3 x local history. Several WW2 and my named site which also leads to the others. Oh and my Regiment site, my own with attached forum.
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       14 May 2017 #103

    elbmek said: View Post
    no mate, purely hobby and games. My hobby involves 14 sites of my own, of various topics. 3 x local history. Several WW2 and my named site which also leads to the others. Oh and my Regiment site, my own with attached forum.
    With that number of sites, somebody must have though you were a busines, I guess. :)
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  4.    15 May 2017 #104

    Hi there

    Nice to see Ms is looking at ways of getting compensation from NSA / Trump administration --but I wouldn't lay any money on Ms being successful.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5.    15 May 2017 #105

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Nice to see Ms is looking at ways of getting compensation from NSA / Trump administration --but I wouldn't lay any money on Ms being successful.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    ah ,so its Trumps fault! And here's me thinking its was Killary & The Russians
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  6.    15 May 2017 #106

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Nice to see Ms is looking at ways of getting compensation from NSA / Trump administration --but I wouldn't lay any money on Ms being successful.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Linky?
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       15 May 2017 #107

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Nice to see Ms is looking at ways of getting compensation from NSA / Trump administration --but I wouldn't lay any money on Ms being successful.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    M$ will be more than compensated by all the people ditching outdated unsupported equipment prior to purchasing new.
    No need to go after NSA, better to thank them for having inadvertently helped in increasing their sales.

    As an aside I don't think XP will retain their number one O/S popularity status much longer.
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       15 May 2017 #108

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Nice to see Ms is looking at ways of getting compensation from NSA / Trump administration --but I wouldn't lay any money on Ms being successful.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    simrick said: View Post
    Linky?
    Well, it's pretty much on every news page (tech included). This is from Betanews | microsoft-wannacrypt-ransomware-blame

    Is Microsoft putting all the blame on government agencies such as the NSA and CIA? No. In a classy move, Microsoft does take some responsibility for the disaster, calling itself out first and foremost. In fact, even as the Windows-maker points to IT administrators and users that failed to update systems, it too says it could have done a better job in helping them along. Smith says as much below.

    "At the same time, we have a clear understanding of the complexity and diversity of today’s IT infrastructure, and how updates can be a formidable practical challenge for many customers. Today, we use robust testing and analytics to enable rapid updates into IT infrastructure, and we are dedicated to develping further steps to help ensure security updates are applied immediately to all IT environments."

    Neowin | microsoft-says-stockpiling-of-hacking-tools-by-governments-partly-to-blame-for-recent-attack

    Microsoft President, Brad Smith, said:

    The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyber space to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.
    Ars Technica | 2-days-after-wcry-worm-microsoft-decries-exploit-stockpiling-by-governments
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  •    15 May 2017 #109

    I see MS blaming the Gov't. for hoarding vulnerabilities, but nothing about MS going after them for financial compensation.
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       15 May 2017 #110

    I couldn't help smiling to see this particular statement, and can imagine that it has not gone down well with some ...

    As people continue to decry the Windows 10 policy of "forced updates," this ransomware shows us that Microsoft had the right idea all along. On an increasingly more dangerous internet, it is imperative that machines are constantly being updated to address new threats. Heck, if everyone using Microsoft's operating system was on the most recent version, Windows 10, WannaCrypt never would have happened.
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