Fox Business Network – Charles Payne – 5/15/17
[Editor’s note: Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at Veracode was interviews on the WannaCry attack and its ability to spread so quickly.]
"We've seen worms before, but not recently, the latest big worm was in 2008. We've never seen the combination of worms and ransomware for spreading ransomware and have it hit hundreds of thousands of computers all within a few days," stated Wysopal.
Chris also commented on why the attackers did not demand a lot of money in ransom. "They ask for a small amount because they want it to be easier to pay than to try to restore your computer. In this case, the ransomware attackers were not prepared for so many people to get hit, and so if you're trying to pay the money to get your computer files back, they're not responsive because they're inundated with so many, thousands of requests. So right now you really can't pay and get your files back online."
Chris commented on why the "bad guys" are always one step ahead, stating, "part of the reason they're one step ahead is because they take advantage when people don't do the basics with their computer. This Microsoft patch was available for 8 weeks. They're finding it an advantage that organizations such as hospitals take longer to patch because they can't take systems down at random times, and we need to change this. I think this is a big eye opener for that."