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Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack

Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack

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Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack Microsoft recently released a patch for older Windows operating systems and calls on users to apply this patch as soon as possible to prevent a disaster similar to the WannaCry cyberattack in 2017. In the blog post “Prevent a worm by updating Remote Desktop Services (CVE-2019-0708)”, Simon Pope, Director of Incident Response at Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), said that a security vulnerability was discovered on Remote Desktop Services, formerly known as Terminal Services, in older Windows operating systems. The security vulnerability, Pope said, allows remote code execution – the ability of an attacker to access someone else's computing device regardless of where this device is geographically located. In addition to the remote code execution capability,…
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Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry

Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry

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Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry The latest cyber incident at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's biggest contract manufacturer of chips for companies including Apple, is a reminder to companies of the dangers of unpatched Windows operating systems. TSMC Chief Executive Officer C. C. Wei said in a press conferencethat a variant of the 2017 WannaCry ransomware caused the shut down of several of the company’s manufacturing plants in Taiwan in the first weekend of August this year. Wei said the WannaCry infection happened when an unnamed supplier connected a computer laden with WannaCry to TSMC’s internal network. The malware then spread swiftly to the company’s internal network and hit the manufacturing plants in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taichung – plants that produce chips for Apple.  TSMC,…
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WannaCry Still a Threat to Businesses

WannaCry Still a Threat to Businesses

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WannaCry Still Threatening Businesses U.S. aircraft maker Boeing is the latest company hit by the infamous WannaCry malicious software (malware). Early in the day of March 28, 2018, Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Production Engineering, sent out a memo informing his colleagues about the WannaCry cyberattack at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina production plant, The Seattle Timesreported. VanderWel wrote that the cyberattack was “metastasizing” or spreading out of the company’s North Charleston production plant and could potentially “spread to airplane software”. By evening of March 28th, the company was calling for calm. “We’ve done a final assessment,” Linda Mills, head of communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement. “The vulnerability was limited to a few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption…
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Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack

Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack

IT Support, Security
Microsoft Calls on Users to Patch Older Windows Operating Systems to Prevent WannaCry-like Cyberattack Microsoft recently released a patch for older Windows operating systems and calls on users to apply this patch as soon as possible to prevent a disaster similar to the WannaCry cyberattack in 2017. In the blog post “Prevent a worm by updating Remote Desktop Services (CVE-2019-0708)”, Simon Pope, Director of Incident Response at Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), said that a security vulnerability was discovered on Remote Desktop Services, formerly known as Terminal Services, in older Windows operating systems. The security vulnerability, Pope said, allows remote code execution – the ability of an attacker to access someone else's computing device regardless of where this device is geographically located. In addition to the remote code execution capability,…
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Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry

Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry

Information Security, Security
Why Companies Continue to be Victimized by WannaCry The latest cyber incident at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's biggest contract manufacturer of chips for companies including Apple, is a reminder to companies of the dangers of unpatched Windows operating systems. TSMC Chief Executive Officer C. C. Wei said in a press conferencethat a variant of the 2017 WannaCry ransomware caused the shut down of several of the company’s manufacturing plants in Taiwan in the first weekend of August this year. Wei said the WannaCry infection happened when an unnamed supplier connected a computer laden with WannaCry to TSMC’s internal network. The malware then spread swiftly to the company’s internal network and hit the manufacturing plants in Tainan, Hsinchu and Taichung – plants that produce chips for Apple.  TSMC,…
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WannaCry Still a Threat to Businesses

WannaCry Still a Threat to Businesses

Information Security, Security
WannaCry Still Threatening Businesses U.S. aircraft maker Boeing is the latest company hit by the infamous WannaCry malicious software (malware). Early in the day of March 28, 2018, Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Production Engineering, sent out a memo informing his colleagues about the WannaCry cyberattack at the company’s North Charleston, South Carolina production plant, The Seattle Timesreported. VanderWel wrote that the cyberattack was “metastasizing” or spreading out of the company’s North Charleston production plant and could potentially “spread to airplane software”. By evening of March 28th, the company was calling for calm. “We’ve done a final assessment,” Linda Mills, head of communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement. “The vulnerability was limited to a few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption…
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