Microsoft shifts policy, now makes fixes free

An exterior view shows the main entrance of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in London , one of the hospitals whose computer systems were affected by a cyberattack, Friday, May 12, 2017. Normally, such patches are reserved for organizations willing to pay for extended support. Once they get into the system, attackers install a rootkit, which allows them to download the program to encrypt the data.

More Than 75000 Ransomware Cyber Attacks Hit Nearly 100 Countries

Users can download and find more information about the patches in Microsoft's blog post about Friday's attack from the WannaCry ransomware. Courier giant, FedEx , was also hit by the virus, Sky News reported. It could have been much worse if not for a young cybersecurity researcher who helped to halt its spread by accidentally activating a so-called " kill switch " in the malicious software.

NEW Major Cyberattack Infects Computers in 99 Countries

It was not yet known who perpetrated Friday's attacks. The seeds of the massive cyber attack were sown by a mysterious hacking group "Shadow Brokers" in April when it leaked a hacking tool called "Eternal Blue" developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Researcher finds 'kill switch' to stop spread of global cyber attack

Researcher finds 'kill switch' to stop spread of global cyber attack

Lidov said that the attack involved demands of payment of $300 worth to free up the system. A global cyberattack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the U.S. Authorities said they were communicating with more than 100 energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services providers about the attack.

World reels from cyberattack that hit nearly 100 countries

The ransomware was created to repeatedly contact an unregistered domain in its code. Still, Microsoft's release of the patch ensures that companies, and home users, may patch their devices to protect them against the attack. But the patches won't do any good for machines that have already been hit. Russian Federation appeared to be the hardest hit, according to security experts, with the country's Interior Ministry confirming it was struck.

Ex-NHS Digital chief: Cyber attack 'always going to happen'

It's not uncommon for them to use aliases, either to protect themselves from retaliatory attacks or for privacy. He said that Russian Federation and India were hit particularly hard, in large part because the older Windows XP operating software is still widely used in the countries.