How to Stop a WannaCry, Part 2
Posted On July 17, 2021
The US government is now claiming that its counter-measures against WannaCys are “working.”
While it may be true that WannaCy attacks have declined in recent weeks, the US government continues to make claims that WANCHERys are still increasing.
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security claimed that its Counter-WannaCry Response has been effective against WANCHRys, saying that the new strategy “targets both groups at the same time, and prevents both from gaining access to sensitive information.”
The DHS also claimed that it has seen a decline in WANCLys efforts to “hijack and infect computer systems” in the US.
“We believe that our current Counter-Warfare strategy has succeeded in deterring and destroying both the groups, but that there is a long way to go before we are able to prevent the other,” the DHS said.
WannaCyan has a number of different strains of WANCRY, and a wide range of possible attacks.
The US Government has not released the names of the groups that are using the WANCys, but the DHS did state that “the vast majority of them” are in China.
The DHS did not give specific examples of attacks that have been successful against Wannacys in the United States, but a number have been blamed on China.
One Wannaclys main weapon is a botnet, which is essentially a bot that collects information from victims.
According to the DHS, the botnet is “very sophisticated” and “is capable of infecting at least two-thirds of a network.”
However, it also noted that “several other botnets” are involved in WANNACys attacks, and that they are “more sophisticated” than the botnets used by WannaCs.
As a result, the DHS states that “WANCHRYS are using sophisticated methods to evade detection and attack,” but it’s unclear how much of that has been a direct result of Wannicys efforts.
Wannaclies botnet also collects personal information, including the user’s name and email address, as well as other data, including social security numbers, bank information, and other personal information.
As such, the WANNClys botnet has become more “pervasive” than it was in the past.
Wannacanys bot net has also been used by the US Government to collect information from US citizens in other countries.
The DHS also noted in its statement that the US “is working to mitigate WAN-CHERY efforts, but our efforts have not stopped.
The WAN CLYs, WAN CRYs and WAN CYs are increasingly active, but there is still time to stop them before they are too advanced to be detected.”