An unidentified group, the Shadow Brokers, stole NSA’s secret cyber-weapons and decided to publish (some of) them. A mafia group took this opportunity to develop a ransomware which will make the headlines as “WannaCry” or “Wcry”.
Fortunately, the damages were far from what they could have been:
- Microsoft published a fix for the exact issue exploited by the ransomware just a month before these tools became public.
- The malware embedded a trivial kill switch allowing anyone in the world to easily stop the propagation: it worked so well it was accidentally trigerred stopping malware propagation just a few hours after its release.
Without this “luck” the attack could have been damaging in a way out of proportion with what we currently encountered. The current estimation of 230,000 infected computers may seem a high and impressive number, but this is nothing like one could expect with such a piece …