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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Huge ransomware outbreak disrupts IT systems worldwide, WannaCryptor to blame
That escalated quickly! For those of you who did not read any news on Friday (or had your heads in the sand), you need to know that a massive tidal wave of malware just struck Planet Earth, creating gigantic waves in the information security sphere and even bigger waves for the victims. The culprit? A piece of ransomware, called WannaCryptor by ESET but also going by Wanna Cry and Wcrypt, has been spreading rapidly and it is utilizing leaked NSA files, namely the eternalblue SMB exploit.
Unlike most encrypting-type malware, this one has wormlike capabilities, allowing it to spread by itself. As a result, it has spread very quickly indeed. This is what victims of the English language version see: