Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks

WIRED | 5/19/2017 | Andy Greenberg
ziggy1023 (Posted by) Level 3
Click For Photo: https://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WannaCry_HP-97228717-1200x630.jpg




OVER THE PAST year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last September, including Spotify, Reddit, and The New York Times. And over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak crippled systems ranging from health care to transportation in 150 countries before it an unlikely “kill-switch” in its code shut it down.

Now a few devious hackers appear to be trying to combine those two internet plagues: They’re using their own copycats of the Mirai botnet to attack WannaCry’s kill-switch. So far, researchers have managed to fight off the attacks. But in the unlikely event that the hackers succeed, the ransomware could once again start spreading unabated.

WannaCry - Ransomware - Worm - Internet - Friday

Since the WannaCry ransomware worm began to fan out through the internet Friday, security researchers noticed a curious feature. When it infects a computer, it first reaches out to a certain random-looking web address, apparently as part of a check that it’s not running in a “sandbox” environment, which security researchers use to test malware samples safely. If WannaCry connects to a valid server at that specified domain, the ransomware assumes it’s under scrutiny, and goes dormant.

Marcus Hutchins, a 22-year-old cybersecurity analyst for the security firm Kryptos Logic, spotted that trait last week, and immediately registered the web domain in WannaCry’s code. In doing so, he effectively neutered the malware, cutting short what would have otherwise been a far worse epidemic, and instantly becoming a minor celebrity in cybersecurity circles.

Hackers - Armies - Zombie - Devices—webcams - Modems

Since then, hackers have directed armies of zombie devices—webcams, modems, and other gadgets caught up in the expansive Mirai botnet—to funnel junk traffic to the kill-switch web address, also called a “sinkhole,” a site security researchers direct malware to in order to contain it. The presumed intention? Knock the domain offline, trigger...
(Excerpt) Read more at: WIRED
14 other people are viewing this story
Wake Up To Breaking News!
It just doesn't get bettere than this...
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!

LongRoom Culture
Dance Meets Light Show - Light Balance Dancers at America's Got Talent 2017! This dance routine is amazing. It is...
Mouse Doesn't Let Being Upside Down and Under His Running Wheel Stop Him From Getting a Good Run In! Something is not right in...
One Cat Finds That Another Cat is Using Him As A Chair! The look on this cat's face is as though he is saying "You can't be...
Kite Surfers Setting World Record! It took a lot of kite surfers to make this video and some very exacting  and exciting riding.
Zombie Raccoon Apocalypse! This video could be straight out of a Zombie Raccoon Apocalypse movie, or just a quiet neighborly...
Man Kayaking Is Surprised By Surfacing Whales! This man is at the right place at the right time.  He must have noticed the...
Beautiful Huge, Cecropia Moth! The Largest Moth in North America! If you ever see one of these moths, you will be impressed...
Adorable Ragdoll Cats Gandalf and Flame Ride Atop A Robot Vacuum Cleaner! These cats are so cute and seem to be content to clean...
Heidi The Australian Shepherd Fetches Her Bed And Settles Down To Watch Planet Earth! This beautiful dog has a very interesting...
Slow Motion Video of Balloon Being Punctured Underwater! Bursting a balloon underwater makes an impressive special effect when...
Amazing Score By Little League Player! When you are running for home and the catcher is waiting there with the ball to tag you,...
Bird Surfs Down Snow Covered Roof, Grabs His "Surfboard," Flies Back Up To The Roof Ridge And Surfs Down Again!
Three Human Kaleidoscope! Brilliant synchronized hand motions that imitate the images you see in a kaleidoscope!  This is very...
One Little, Two Little...Wait... Three Little Kittens All Stretching! It only looks there are two kittens in this container...
Cat Is Rude and Keeps Scratching Sheep's Face, Then Sheep Gets Even! A few rather innocent sniffs and this sheep gets scratched...
Dog Caught Stealing a Bread Roll! Roll?  What Roll?  Oh, you mean this roll...  This dog is so adorable after being caught in...
Beautiful Lava Flow At the Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii! The looping on this gif is so perfect that it is mesmerizing!  Beautiful...
Cuttlefish Disguised As A Hermit Crab! This cuttlefish is doing a great imitation of a hermit crab as he's trying to make an...
How To Make A Rose Love Letter Card! This paper craft is pretty and clever and could be used for almost every occasion where...
Prairie Dog Wearing A Dress and Eating Cheese! Prairie Dogs make interesting pets and this one is adorable the way it chews on...
Slo Mo Guy's Video Experiment - Getting Crushed by Huge Water Balloon! The popular YouTubers The Slow Mo Guys, are known for...
Teamwork! Two Big Dogs Carrying A Stick Together Followed By A Little Dog! Branch Managers!  These two big black dogs are...
How To Make A Little Teapot Short and Stout! Okay, well, maybe this is a tiny teapot, but that aside, making a tiny teapot is...
Wooden Box Only Opens After Solving Complex Puzzle! If you want so get this box open, be prepared for a puzzling good time!...
Twin Boys Jump At The Same Time and It Looks Like A Mirror Image! These two twin boys are playing and not really paying a lot...
Herd Of Elephants Hurry To Meet New Orphaned Calf! This herd of elephants welcomes a new addition to their herd and they hurry...
Bald Eagle Picks Fish Right Out Of Lake! This bald eagle swoops down out of the sky and grabs this fish.  It has been observed...
Dog Relaxes On Couch! This dog looks like he has plans to stay on the couch for a long time!  He starts sitting up, then falls...
Triple Front Bike Flip by Ryan Williams! This flip called a "Nothing Front Bike Flip" is executed by Ryan Williams in this...
Shot From Medieval War Machine - A Trebuchet! This amazing construction of a medieval war machine called a trebuchet...