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When computers across the globe were hit by a major ransomware
attack WannaCry over the weekend, confusion ensued. The ransomware
targeted both end users as well as corporate servers, locking
When computers across the globe were hit by a major ransomware attack WannaCry over the weekend, confusion ensued. The ransomware targeted both end users as well as corporate servers, locking them and extracting an unlock fee from the victims.
Despite Microsoft issuing an emergency patch for Windows XP, the action was too late to stem the tide of infections across the world. Eventually, that first wave was broken apart by one single white hat hacker.
British cybersecurity researcher, Marcus Hutchins who is known as MalwareTech and has been described as an accidental hero registered a garbled domain name hidden in the malware to track the virus, unintentionally halting it.
The moment Hutchins registered the domain, it stopped the malwares ability to spread; a huge relief to security researchers, even if the infected systems still remained on lockdown. It provided people time to update and patch security vulnerabilities, especially in the US, where WannaCry was yet to effectively penetrate before the kill switch was found.
Hutchins actions has saved thousands of people from being the next line of victims by the malware.