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WannaCry makes me want to cry!
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 08:15:47 PM »
WannaCry makes me want to cry!
16 May 2017, 4:50 pm



As I read about the WannaCry ransomware attack, my brain is racing with thoughts about the causes and effects of this global incident. Here are my two cents:

1. Ransomware continues to be a growth business, and a bit of work can provide a serious return. The FBI estimated that ransomware payments topped $1 billion in 2016, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw 100 percent year-over-year growth. 

2. For those of us who’ve been in cybersecurity for a while, WannaCry brings back memories of the internet worms we saw back in the 2000s (i.e. Code Red, Conficker, MSBlast, Nimda, etc.). Once one person on a network was infected, WannaCry simply went out and infected other vulnerable systems on the network. I knew that worm techniques would come back, but I always thought they’d be used as a smokescreen for other attacks. Looks like ransomware and internet worms can be as compatible as chocolate and peanut butter.

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