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Recent coverage of the latest ransomware and phishing attacks makes one thing clear: You’ve got to keep your operating system up to date. But that recommendation, while important, may not get to the root of the problem. Making sure you’ve got the latest Windows updates prevents the spread of ransomware such as WannaCry, after it’s already infiltrated your company.

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It’s understandable that people should look for someone to blame after a malware outbreak as significant as WannaCry.
Is it the fault for the NSA for discovering a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s code, and not telling Microsoft at the time? Can we blame Microsoft for shipping buggy code in the first place?

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This tool essentially searches the system’s memory for prime numbers and pieces together the encryption key used. However, it relies on current running memory so once you reboot it will be gone and if you’ve done too much on the system since infection, it’s possible the key won’t be found (because it’s been overwritten by data from other applications using the same memory space).

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THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017



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