Newly detected disadvantage raises fears of another WannaCry

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SINGAPORE A newly found smirch in widely used networking program leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially exposed to an conflict identical to that caused by WannaCry, that putrescent some-more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cybersecurity researchers pronounced on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced a vulnerability, that could be exploited to take control of an influenced computer, and urged users and administrators to request a patch.  

Rebekah Brown of Rapid7, a cybersecurity company, told Reuters that there were no signs nonetheless of enemy exploiting a disadvantage in a 12 hours given a find was announced. 

But she pronounced it had taken researchers usually 15 mins to rise malware that done use of a hole. “This one seems to be very, really easy to exploit,” she said. 

Rapid7 pronounced it had found some-more than 100,000 computers using exposed versions of a software, Samba, giveaway networking program grown for Linux and Unix computers. There are expected to be many more, it pronounced in response to emailed questions. 

Most of a computers found are using comparison versions of a program and can't be patched, pronounced Brown. 

Some of a computers seem to go to organizations and companies, she said, though many were home users. 

The disadvantage could potentially be used to emanate a worm like a one that authorised WannaCry to widespread so quickly, Brown said, though that would need an additional step for a attacker.

Cybersecurity researchers have pronounced they trust North Korean hackers were behind a WannaCry malware, that encrypted information on victims’ computers and demanded bitcoin in lapse for a decryption key.      

(Reporting and essay By Jeremy Wagstaff; Editing by Michael Perry)

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