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Sen. Mark Warner Asks OMB, DHS on Security Patch Implementation Amid Ransomware Attack

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has asked the heads of the Office of Management and Budget and Department of Homeland Security about the measures the agencies have taken in response to the ransomware attack.

In a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and DHS Secretary John Kelly, Warner asked them to share information whether federal agencies and contractors have implemented the security patches issued for Microsoft Windows operating systems across their information technology systems, the senator’s office said in a news release published Monday.

Europol reported the WannaCry attack disrupted computers of at least 200,000 individuals in more than 150 countries Friday.

Warner, co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, also asked DHS about its efforts to collaborate with the private sector to evaluate the risks posed by the malware to critical IT systems.

He expects Mulvaney and Kelly to submit their responses on the matter over the next two weeks.

 

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