Kill Switch: How it Stopped A Recent Massive Cyber Attack

May 18, 2017 / GuidesFor Team

The IT world could have been doomed in the recent attack by a new ransomware best known as ‘WannaCry”. After it swept thousands of global computers, a smart tech guy who calls himself MalwareTech accidentally cracked its code and stopped the virus from penetrating to other systems. 

A “kill switch” is a big time solution to slow down the attacks and lessen the damage it can cause to other networks. It only took $10.69 for MalwareTech to solve the problem. All he did was to register with a domain and soon the ransomware infection ground to a halt. 

Yet IT analysts think that the kill switch had been put in the virus itself as the creator’s own fail-safe mechanism in case the threat caused damage beyond anyone’s control.

“At first glance, this may appear to be a deliberate kill switch in the malware for the authors’ use,” said McArdle a cyber security expert, referring to the possibility that  the malware’s creators included the domain in the virus. . – It is an intriguing possibility and yet somehow conveys to us the threat many viruses lying out there can still do to our system. If you or your organization need a wake-up call, read this article. Mayvilyn Aguilar

Read the source article at wired.com

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