Ransomware may still spread: reports

Ransomware may still spread: reports
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The spread of a ransomware attack may still continue despite the discovery of a kill switch, PCWorld reported on Friday.

While the kill switch helped slow the spread of the “WanaCrypt0r 2.0” ransomware, which hit as many as 74 countries last week, a researcher told PCWorld that it is too soon to know if the switch will halt the ransomware altogether.

On Monday, when users who left machines on over the weekend return to work, the number of networks infected may rise.

Other forms of the ransomware may have figured a way around the kill switch, Jerome Segura told the magazine. 

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Vice’s Motherboard on Saturday also reported that the ransomware may have found a way around the kill switch.

"I can confirm we've had versions without the kill switch domain connect since yesterday," Costin Raiu, who directs Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, told Vice.

Segura said computers that the WanaCrypt0r 2.0 ransomware has previously infected will still be infected.

The ransomware attack, which hit computers around the globe on Friday, utilized hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA) that were previously leaked online.