Massive Ransomware Wanna Decryptor Attack Is Global

Posted: May 12 2017, 12:14pm CDT | by , Updated: May 12 2017, 1:15pm CDT, in News | Technology News

Massive Ransomware Wanna Decryptor Attack is Global
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British hospitals first reported the cyber attack, now the ransomware infection is global. Updated.

Even China is not save from the massive ransomware attack happening on computers around the world on Friday. The outbreak was first reported in the UK, where hospital computers suddenly got locked by ransomware demanding $300 in bitcoin to give back acccess to files.

Now reports appear from the US, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and China. There are at least 57,000 infected computers world-wide. This could become one of the biggest cyber attacks in history.

Forbes reports that the a leaked NSA tool, an exploit of Microsoft Windows called EternalBlue, is being used as one method for rapidly spreading a ransomware variant called WannaCry across the world.

"WannaCry/WanaCrypt0r 2.0 is indeed triggering ET rule : 2024218 "ET EXPLOIT Possible ETERNALBLUE MS17-010 Echo Response, " tweeted a researcher known on Twitter as Kafeine.

Microsoft has patched the EternalBlue vulnerability a while ago. The infected Windows PCs apparently are not up to date. For now there is no solution besides restoring the encrypted files from a backup or pay up. The malware can be removed, but the files stay encrypted says Abrams from Bleeping Computer.

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