WannaCry: Analysis of a Ransomware Disaster

June 3, 2017 / GuidesFor Team

Recent attacks were recorded all through out the world from 150 countries that suffered from a ransomware breach called “WannaCry”. Although it hit thousands of functioning computers, experts say that this newly developed malware was just made by amateurs. One giveaway was that it was easily blocked from ravaging through computer systems by a “kill switch” that an IT guy found from the virus as well. 

The researcher, who identified himself only as MalwareTech, is a 22-year-old from southwest England who works for Kryptos logic, an LA-based threat intelligence company.

“I was out having lunch with a friend and got back about 3 p.m. and saw an influx of news articles about the NHS and various UK organisations being hit,” he told the Guardian. “I had a bit of a look into that and then I found a sample of the malware behind it, and saw that it was connecting out to a specific domain, which was not registered. So I picked it up not knowing what it did at the time.”

Lucky break or silent benign trojan horse, this discovery did stop the virus from rampaging further. Many computers like yours could have been hit. If you want to know the fate that had been spared your organization, read on for more. – Mayvilyn Aguilar

 

Read the source article at wired.com

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