“New variant proves tough to stop”
The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak was stopped by registering domains that act as kill-switches, ending a particularly malicious software that attacked government organizations, hospitals, ISP’s, carmakers, and more in a matter of days. A new variant that is not affected by the previous kill-switch is now available, however, making researchers concerned over a new potentially serious outbreak of the same malware. Organizations in Europe are the most critically affected thus far, prompting Europel to organize a task force specifically to assist in the investigation.
“200,000 computers estimated to be affected”
Computers worldwide have been affected by a massive ransomware attack last week. Researchers believe this attack could just be the beggining of a storm of new malware, with two fresh variants detected since the end of last week.
“WaanaCry was no match for this young researcher”
Marcus Hutchins has been credited with the stop of the notorious WannaCry ransomware attack last week. From a small bedroom in his parents home on the Devon coast, cyber security researcher Hutchins was able to impede the spread of the malware from causing any further damage.
“Should serve as a ‘wake up call'”
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith has reiterated a call for a ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ after news of the WannaCry outbreak broke last week. Smith claimed that the recent scare should remind all governments that the internet security realm is still vulnerable, and coordination internationally is a worthy and necessary cause.
“Experts believe a re-infection possible”
NHS specialists are concerned that equipment and comouters may be re-infected after they were shut off over the weekend to stop the spread of last weeks malware attack. Over 200,000 devices in 150 countries were infected, originating in the UK Friday before making it to all parts of the globe in mere hours.