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wannacry ransomware cyber attack - wannacry 2.0 ransomware


If you are following the news, by now you might be aware that a security researcher has 

activated a "Kill Switch" which apparently stopped the WannaCry ransomware from spreading further.

But it's not true, neither the threat is over yet.
However, the kill switch has just slowed down the infection rate.

Moreover, multiple security researchers have claimed that more samples of WannaCry are in the wild without 'kill-switch' domain connect function, referred as WannaCry 2.0, and still infecting unpatched computers worldwide.

So far, over 213,000 computers across 99 countries around the world have been infected, and the infection is still rising even hours after the kill switch was triggered by the 22-years-old British security researcher behind the twitter handle 'MalwareTech.'

For those unaware, WannaCry is an insanely fast-spreading ransomware malware that leverages a Windows SMB exploit to remotely target a computer running on unpatched or unsupported versions of Windows.

WannaCry 2.0, Ransomware without Kill-Switch is on Hunt!

Once infected, WannaCry also scans for other vulnerable computers connected to the same network, as well scans random hosts on the wider Internet, to spread quickly.

The SMB exploit, currently being used by WannaCry, has been identified as EternalBlue, a collection of hacking tools allegedly created by the NSA and then subsequently dumped by a hacking group calling itself "The Shadow Brokers" over a month ago.
"If NSA had privately disclosed the flaw used to attack hospitals when they *found* it, not when they lost it, this may not have happened," NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says 
 If you are thinking that activating the Kill-Switch has completely stopped the #WannaCry Ransomware. Get prepared for next massive wave of attacks. #wannacryattack #WannaCrypt0r #ransomware 

WhatsApp DOWN - Messaging service NOT WORKING

WhatsApp is down tonight.
It appears the service went offline at around 9pm with thousands now unable to access the popular messaging service.
Down detector is showing thousands of outages across the UK and other parts of the world including Brazil and the US.
One user wrote on a forum: "Showing Connecting.... Looks like an issue with the service."
Whilst another said: "Whatsapp stopped working for me at 21:13 today."
It's currently unclear what is causing the issues or when things will be back online.

WhatsApp last experienced a major outage on New Year's Eve – with users around the globe reporting down-time.
A spokesperson for the app then said: "Some people have had trouble accessing WhatsApp for a short period today.
"We're working to restore service back to 100 per cent for everyone and we apologise for the inconvenience."
This outage comes as WhatsApp is working on a major update.
The Facebook-owned chat app is testing a new feature that would allow users to pin conversations at the top of the menu within the app.
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