Europol: Concern for new attack ransomware

May

14

2017

Police organization Europol is afraid that the global attack with the so-called WannaCry ransomware will take even bigger forms. Security researchers are afraid that on Monday, when the working week starts again, the spread will take bigger forms.

That’s what topman Rob Wainwright said in a conversation with a British TV channel, which the BBC reports . He speaks of an “unprecedented attack”, which is likely to escalate in the coming days. One of the reasons is that Monday will start the working week, and employees will probably steal into phishing mailings, which may be the victim of ransomware.

According to Wainwright, more than 200,000 infections have now been detected with ransomware, spread over more than 150 countries. For the moment, the Netherlands has suffered little from malware, although it was found Saturday that Q-Park’s parking garages were affected by non-functioning gateways and payment terminals. According to Interpol, “surprisingly few” people were actually paid for, although the victims should pay to re-access their files. The first estimates speak of a few tens of thousands of euros flown to the criminals.

There are suspicions that Friday discovered Wana Decrypt0r 2.0 ransomware is from the NSA arsenal. Hacktools from the US intelligence service were stolen and published on the Internet some time ago. This weekend also proved that a killswitch was built to stop the attack for the time being. The fear is, however, that a new attack is planned with a new version of the ransomware in which this killswitch is no longer built. Microsoft has released a patch for the affected operating systems, including Windows XP, which makes them no longer susceptible to infections.

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