WannaCry Attack Cripples Microsoft Users
Everybody this week was talking about the global ransomware attack WannaCry, from the Trump administration to solution providers around the country, that affected Microsoft users. Security experts said the cyberattack represented a new type of threat by combining a computer worm with ransomware.
Health-care systems and telecom companies were among the notable victims. Damages from WannaCry could reach $4 billion, according to cybersecurity analytics platform provider Cyence.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post that the "stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments" is a huge issue. "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. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage," said Smith.