WannaCry Malware Exploited OS Weakness to Spread
- Arthur Chi'en for Fox 5 NY May 15th, 2017
- Source: http://www.fox5ny.com/news/254781695-story
The recent ransomware cyberattack has claimed an estimated 300,000 computers in 150 countries.
Cyber security expert Justin Cappos is a professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. He described what the WannaCry malware is doing now and how it invades computers through a loophole in Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system. He said the malware exploits a weakness in the operating system to spread from computer to computer. Microsoft issued a patch in March that closed the loophole but people who didn't update or are using pirated versions of Windows were vulnerable.