WannaCry ransomware attack has been traced back to China
Ransomware software WannaCry has been traced back to China thanks to a team of researchers at Flashpoint translating the language used in the ransom notice.
They discovered that only the English and Chinese versions of the notice were written by humans, whereas all the other languages had come from using Google Translate - including the Korean version.
This ruled out the previously suspected North Korean hacker group Lazarus after similar backdoor coding provided a link between the ransomware and the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures.
Whilst the cyber-attack hit around 200,000 computers worldwide and caused major disruptions to businesses and governments - including the British National Health Service - the perpetrators have been reluctant to claim the bitcoins that victims had paid to retrieve their encrypted files.
Ultimately, any attempt to withdraw the bitcoins from their wallet would be tracked down feverishly by Interpol, the FBI and the UK's National Crime Agency, and so far it appears the hackers have withdrawn from the world as their command and control systems have been switched off.
The original WannaCry virus was stopped when malware expert @MalwareTechBlog "accidentally" activated a kill-switch by purchasing the website domain hidden in the code.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
Nominate your Top 100 Leader HERE
The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.