WannaCry hero sinks deeper into trouble as new malware charges filed

Remember the reluctant WannaCry hero from just over a year ago?

A young man from the UK, known at the time to most people simply as @MalwareTechBlog, registered an internet domain name that was used by WannaCry as a signal to halt its attack.

If the ransomware was able to connect to a specific, weirdly named server, it would let you off and not scramble your files.

If the connection failed (which it inevitably did before the relevant domain name existed), then the ransomware attack went ahead

In short: registering and activating the domain programmed into the virus acted as a sort of kill-switch, turning @MalwareTechBlog into something of a crimefighting cyberhero.

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