Governments to blame for cyber attack severity

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Microsoft has placed the blame for Friday’s cyber attack firmly with governments around the world.

The attack has affected about 150 countries and locked around 200,000 machines so far. Despite this being a ransomware attack, only £25,000 in bitcoins has been paid at this time.

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In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft branded the breach a “wake-up call”. A patch they released in March this year prevents such an attack from happening but they claim that machines “remained unpatched globally”. President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, suggested that governments “adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world” and compared this attack to “the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen”.

Another patch was released on Friday but Microsoft are totally reliant on users installing the update in the first place. The attack is probably far from over and there is no reason why another similar attack isn’t imminent. It is thought that Asia may not have been fully affected yet, but time will tell as systems go back online today.