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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cybersecurity researchers said on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced the vulnerability, which could be exploited to take control of an affected computer, and urged users and administrators to apply a patch.  


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On 6/3/2017 at 5:17 PM, ipkpjersi said:

Thanks for sharing this. I fear that there will be many more WannaCry and other types of ransomware attacks, this seems to be the new biggest thing for people who write malware.

Yes, very true.  Really, even before WannaCry/WannaCrypt0r ransomware was the single most common type of threat for the past couple of years and I don't see it changing too soon.  It's the latest means for the bad guys to make money.  They've also been pushing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) to generate funds, as many PUPs will provide pay-per-click and/or pay-per-install fundage to the affiliate pushing them.  We're starting to see Trojans, worms and other malware being used for nothing more than downloading and installing (and in some cases spreading) PUPs onto PCs.  The end goal is the same as it is with ransomware and as it was with rogue/fake AV programs before them: money.  Malware is a business and unfortunately, one far better funded than the anti-malware industry tasked with fighting it (organizations like Malwarebytes and the AV vendors) so we're always outgunned from the start.  This means we must use clever tactics to fight the bad guys and prevent them from infiltrating our customers' systems.  It's worth it though, because we HATE malware and what it does to people and their computers/data.

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