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New Variant Of ‘Ransomware’ Begins To Spread: “We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This”

New Variant Of ‘Ransomware’ Begins To Spread: “We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This”

 

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / May 15, 2017 9:44 AM

Governments and companies around the world began to gain the upper hand against the first wave of the unrivaled global cyberattack this morning.

 More than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries have so far been infected, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said new cases of so-called ransomware are possible “at a significant scale.”

 “For now, it does not look like the number of infected computers is increasing,” said a Europol spokesman. “We will get a decryption tool eventually, but for the moment, it’s still a live threat and we’re still in disaster recovery mode.”

The initial attack was stifled when a security researcher disabled a key mechanism used by the worm to spread, but experts warned the hackers were likely to mount a second attack because so many users of personal computers with Microsoft operating systems couldn’t or didn’t download a security patch released in March that Microsoft had labeled “critical.”

“I will confess that I was unaware registering the domain would stop the malware until after I registered it, so initially it was accidental,” wrote the researcher, who uses the Twitter name @MalwareTechBlog.

 “So long as the domain isn’t revoked, this particular strain will no longer cause harm, but patch your systems ASAP as they will try again.”

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