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Computer Virus Halted by Lone User

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_356278754.jpgComputer hacking continues to attract a great deal of attention from those charged with keeping company networks safe. However, in May of last year, a computer virus began infecting networks around the world. The never-before-seen malware was disrupting service in the healthcare, automobile manufacturing, telecom and worldwide shipping industries, among others, around the world. While the virus wreaked havoc across the globe, it took but a single computer expert to shut down the spread and potentially save companies billions of dollars.

Anonymous Hacker Hero

In May of 2018, a young man known only by his Twitter handle, “Malware Tech,” was able to do what IT professionals at some of the world’s largest businesses were unable to accomplish. With a few simple keystrokes, he was able to shut down one of the world’s largest cyber-attacks to ever occur.

  • On Friday, May 12, 2017, the “WannaCry” ransomware was infecting more than 230,000 computers located in no fewer than 150 countries around the world.
  • While IT experts scrambled, a lone 22-year old computer security expert noticed a single URL among the lines of code and, on a whim, he checked the domain’s registration.
  • Finding none, he quickly paid the $11 fee, became the owner of the domain, and in doing so, scuttled the attack.
  • The hackers who wrote the original virus attempted to rewrite the code without the backdoor, but by then security experts had installed patches to avoid the follow-up attack.
  • It should go without saying that the attack could have been much worse if not for the diligence and curiosity of a single computer security blogger.

Attacking Network Vulnerabilities

The “WannaCry” ransomware got started like most virus attacks, a single employee opening a spam email attachment. However, the unique feature of this particular attack is how it spread. From the computer of the single user who opened the infected attachment, the malware was able to spread to other computers on the same network.

Retain the Services of an Experienced United States Cyber Law Attorney

Unfortunately, businesses and network administrators cannot always rely on outside tech heroes to save the day the next time a vicious malware makes an appearance. In addition to taking regular precautions and installing updated defenses, it is important to obtain the knowledge and experience of a dedicated Florida cyber attorney when the pursuit of damages becomes necessary. Nelson Cyber Law, PLLC offers clients the benefit of its years of experience and vast resources to ensure they obtain help clients obtain the assistance and justice available through appropriate channels. Just call 800-440-5536 to schedule a free initial consultation during which time you can discuss the details of your case.






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