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Cybercrime, WannaCry is back and ransomware infections are surging

CheckPoint cybersecurity experts: WannaCry is back and ransomware infections are surging. New samples of the malware on the wild. Cybercrime actors still use the EternalBlue exploit to propagate it

WannaCry is back with new samples. According the CheckPoint cybersecurity experts, the wormable ransomware is also trending again, though it is unclear why. Since the beginning of the year, the number of organizations affected with the malware globally has increased by 53%. There are 40 times more affected organizations in March 2021 when compared to October 2020. The new samples still use the EternalBlue exploit to propagate – for which patches have been available for over 4 years. The reason behind the surge is that, despite the huge case that involved the ransomware and the patches released, still today thousands of systems are vulnerable to the exploit.

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