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WannaCry Started With a Hunt for Public-Facing SMB Ports, Not Phishing
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 02:15:18 AM »
WannaCry Started With a Hunt for Public-Facing SMB Ports, Not Phishing
23 May 2017, 12:31 am

The WannaCry ransomware nightmare didn't begin like most other ransomware instances - via phishing - but rather through a simple scan of the public Internet. 

Security firm Malwarebytes writes in a new report that given the lack of other evidence, this is the only way the WannaCry ransomware could have propagated - the attackers scanned the Internet for vulnerable SMB ports. 

"Without otherwise definitive proof of the infection vector via user-provided captures or logs, and based on the user reports stating that machines were infected when employees arrived for work, we’re left to conclude that the attackers initiated an operation to hunt down vulnerable public facing SMB ports, and once located, using the newly available SMB exploits to deploy malware and propagate to other vulnerable machines within connected networks," writes Malwarebytes senior malware intelligenc... (read more)

Source: Softpedia News / Security

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