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New malware could be more destructive than WannaCry ransomware

The NSA cyber weapon-powered WannaCry ransomware spread across the world this past weekend, infecting as many as 200,000 Windows systems. (Source: Forbes)
The NSA cyber weapon-powered WannaCry ransomware spread across the world this past weekend, infecting as many as 200,000 Windows systems. (Source: Forbes)
Think WannaCry was scary? There's more frightening malware along the way, and time is running out to stop it before many more machines fall victim to the next attack.

Ransomware WannaCry made headlines when the software invaded businesses and institutions around the world last week, including Britain’s National Health Service and auto maker Renault. This event served as a chilling reminder that cyberweapons are a real and present danger in its ability to take down potentially vital infrastructure, endangering lives and compromising valuable data.

Thankfully, WannaCry has now been contained, but there appears to be another strain of malware on the horizon, and it could be even worse. Known as “EternalRocks,” the malware exploits the same vulnerability in Windows that allowed WannaCry to rapidly deliver itself all over the world. According to the report in Fortune, it uses an array of NSA tools such as “EternalBlue,” “EternalChampion,” “EternalRomance,” and “DoublePulsar.”

These names might sound innocuous, but the malware is quite powerful in that it leaves infected computers vulnerable to remote commands. When a particular order is given, the malware’s creator can seize control of the machine and use it to do anything they want.

To make matters worse, EternalRocks doesn’t have any of WannaCry’s weaknesses, such as the kill switch that a researcher used to stop its spread. Work is in progress to study the malware in hopes of neutralizing it before it becomes active.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-05-22 (Update: 2017-05-24)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.