15 May '17, 9am

Massive ransomware attack hits 150 countries, brought down by a domain reg

Massive ransomware attack hits 150 countries, brought down by a domain reg Kevin Murphy , May 15, 2017, 09:12:30 (UTC), Domain Tech A massive outbreak of malware on Friday hit thousands of organizations in an estimated 150 countries and had a big impact on the UK National Health Service before being temporarily thwarted by a single domain name registration. WannaCry, as the malware has been called, targets Windows boxes that have not installed a March security patch. It encrypts files on the hosts it infects and demands money for the decryption key. The attack is Big News for several reasons. First, it spread ransomware over the network using a remotely exploitable vulnerability that required no user error or social engineering to install itself. Second, it hit an estimated quarter-million machines, including thousands at big organizations such as Telefonica, the NHS, Deut...

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