Wannacry Ransomware 2.0
So far, over 237,000 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 target a computer running on unpatched or unsupported versions of Windows and servers and then spread itself like a worm to infect other vulnerable systems in the internal network.
One was those victims was seemingly Telefónica, a large Spanish telecommunications company, according to Spanish publication El Mundo. Judging by the report, Telefónica told employees to shut down their computers, and 85 percent were allegedly infected with a version of WannaCry.
“Ooops, your files have been encrypted!” the message on Telefónica machine’s allegedly reads, according to a photo published by El Mundo.
That warning is largely identical to one allegedly presented on screens in at least one UK hospital on Friday.