Uh, oh: Cyber attacks could sharply rise on Monday

The Associated Press reports that cybersecurity experts are spreading the word that last week’s ransomware attack could worsen in the coming hours.

“The numbers are still going up,” Wainwright said. “We’ve seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released.”

At least two variants of the rapidly replicating worm were discovered Sunday and one did not include the so-called kill switch that allowed researchers to interrupt its spread by diverting it to a dead end on the internet.

Ryan Kalember, senior vice-president at Proofpoint Inc. which helped stop its spread, said the version without a kill switch was able to spread but it contained a flaw that wouldn’t allow it to take over a computer and demand ransom to unlock files. However, he said it’s only a matter of time before a malevolent version exists.

 

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