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WannaCry Ransomware Spread Halted by Hero Researcher
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 12:27:23 AM »
WannaCry Ransomware Spread Halted by Hero Researcher
13 May 2017, 11:38 pm

Dubbed an "accidental hero," a cybersecurity researcher tweeting under the MalwareTech handle, has managed to find a kill switch to stop the spread of the WannaCry ransomware. 

Working together with Darien Huss from Proofpoint security firm, the researcher managed to dig into the WannaCry code and find a kill switch. Hardcoded into the malware in the case the creator wanted to stop it from spreading there was a nonsensical domain name that the malware made a request to. If the request was successful, the kill switch went into effect and the malware stops spreading. 

All it took MalwareTech to do was to register that domain since the attackers didn't bother to do it. They say they didn't even realize that this would put an end to the propagation of the malware until after the deed was done. The problem now is that the attackers can, at any point, fiddle with the code and tak... (read more)

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