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Cyber attack: Hackers in China try to seize control of WannaCry ransomware’s ‘kill switch’ | The Independent

The attempt fails but could have allowed the kill switch to be disabled, expert says

Hackers in China tried to seize control of the ‘kill switch’ used to prevent many of the WannaCry ransomware attacks that have been causing chaos across the world.

A 22-year-old British cyber security analyst discovered a website domain name in the code of a ‘worm’ used to infect computers with ransomware, which took over PCs and demanded money to return control.

When he registered the domain name, it activated a ‘kill switch’ in the coding. Every time the malware first infected a computer, it would try to find the website. If it could not, it would carry out the attack but if it did, it would shut down.

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