Report: Second quarter dominated by ransomware outbreaks

The second quarter of 2017 brought ransomware to unprecedented levels with worldwide outbreaks that went almost out of control. In scenarios reminiscent of yesteryears worms, WannaCry created global panic as it used a critical vulnerability in the SMBv1 protocol to propagate like wildfire.

Within hours, hundreds of thousands of machines in over 150 countries were infected and as investigations into the attacks went on, it was discovered that other threat actors had also been leveraging the leaked government-created exploits.

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