2017-12-26 18:39:00|In 2017 hackers weren't slackers. The threats – and the attacks – kept coming in rapidfire. In a year drowning in threats, these newbies made their mark.
WannaCry: On May 12, 2017, the world was stunned by an unprecedented global ransomware attack that infected more than 200,000 computers in 150-plus countries. The attack severely impacted the UK's National Health Service operations, as well as FedEx, Spanish Telefonica, French Renault factories, a Chinese energy company and the Russian interior ministry. The malware, dubbed WanaCrypt0r 2.0 or WannaCry, spread rapidly among connected networks because it acted as a worm that self-propagated via the EternalBlue exploit. Fortunately, young British researcher Marcus Hutchins short-circuited the attack after stumbling upon a kill switch. The NSA and the security community at large have assessed with moderate confidence that North Korean hackers launched the attack.