The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes

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In summary: WannaCry in its tracksTwo researchers tracking the spread of the WannaCry malware register its command and control server domain and stop WannaCry in its tracks. The sinkhole that saved the internetTen after all is said and done the hero gets arrested for things he did in his teen years where he likely honed his hacking skills, skills he needed to fight this world wide menace.
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Two researchers tracking the spread of the WannaCry malware register its command and control server domain and stop WannaCry in its tracks.

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Fascinating. Thanks for posting.
 
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What got me about this story is that even while these two guys are holding onto the domain there's another entity trying to bring it down via DDOS and then there are yet other friendly entities who provide technical support and equipment to keep it up but the whole effort still relies on these two guys watching the domain server day and night.

Lastly, there's the journalists, driven to get their story, trying to DOX the heros and in doing so almost scuttling the effort of keeping up the domain server.

And through all that there are still machines infected with the virus ready to encrypt once the domain falls.

I feel there's a real movie potential here. Good guys, bad guys, digital chase scenes ala Wargames and a good guy with a checkered past.

Ten after all is said and done the hero gets arrested for things he did in his teen years where he likely honed his hacking skills, skills he needed to fight this world wide menace.

So epic!
 
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jedishrfu said:
I feel there's a real movie potential here. Good guys, bad guys, digital chase scenes ala Wargames and a good guy with a checkered past.
How sad that Mad Magazine is gone. Their Spy Vesus Spy column fit this theme perfectly.

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The take away lesson is that the Spy Versus Spy struggle never ends.
 
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There's a kind of Rugby nature behind this. I get the ball and run a bit before I stumble and drop the ball. Someone takes the ball and continues running while we chase trying to get it back.

In the end the guy with the ball wins or is winning until he/she too drops the ball and someone else picks it.
 
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@jedishrfu I am not into too much of these hacking technologies, so can you answer a few questions?

What is meant by "registering the domain"?

And what is the "kill switch"? The article said that botnet Mirai tried to bring down the kill switch by attacking it with excess web traffic. How does this kill switch work?
 
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Wrichik Basu said:
@jedishrfu I am not into too much of these hacking technologies, so can you answer a few questions?

What is meant by "registering the domain"?

And what is the "kill switch"? The article said that botnet Mirai tried to bring down the kill switch by attacking it with excess web traffic. How does this kill switch work?
the virus does an http get to iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com/ and exits if any replay comes back. see https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/05/wannacry.html
This might have done to prevent execution of the worm in a sandbox, which might reply to any domain contacted from within the sand box. If you register the domain, dns servers on the internet will give the ip adress(ses) for your server(s) to any computer that tries to look up the above domain name. If you then make sure there's an http server with that ip address, the virus will get an answer, and exit and not propagate.
 
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prevent execution of the worm in a sandbox

Also you can inoculate your own and other friendly networks from the threat.

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Related to The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes

What is "The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes"?

"The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes" is a book that tells the true story of the group of young individuals who inadvertently discovered a kill switch for the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017.

Who are the WannaCry heroes?

The WannaCry heroes are Marcus Hutchins, Jamie Hankins, and their colleagues who are credited with stopping the spread of the WannaCry ransomware attack by registering a domain that acted as a kill switch.

What impact did the WannaCry heroes have on the ransomware attack?

The WannaCry heroes were able to stop the spread of the ransomware attack by registering a domain that acted as a kill switch. This prevented further damage and saved countless individuals and organizations from being affected by the attack.

Why is the story of the WannaCry heroes important?

The story of the WannaCry heroes is important because it showcases the power of collaboration and the role that individuals can play in preventing and mitigating cyber attacks. It also sheds light on the constantly evolving landscape of cyber security and the need for continued vigilance.

What lessons can be learned from "The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes"?

One of the main lessons from "The Story Behind the WannaCry Heroes" is the importance of being proactive and working together to combat cyber threats. It also highlights the need for continued education and awareness in the field of cyber security.

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