National Security Agency, hackers staged a cyber assault with a self-spreading
malware that has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries.
The hackers, who have not come forward to claim responsibility or otherwise been identified, took advantage of a worm, or self-spreading
malware, by exploiting a piece of NSA spy code known as "Eternal Blue" that was released last month by a hackers group known as the Shadow Brokers, according to researchers with several private cyber security firms.
It is the first piece of self-spreading
ransomware, said Adam Meyers, a research with cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.
Lately some of these have been connected to CRISPR, which can be used to create DNA-slashing viruses or self-spreading
gene alterations in insects.
A researcher has reopened the subject of beneficial worms, arguing that the capabilities of self-spreading
code could perform better penetration testing inside networks, turning vulnerable systems into distributed scanners.
Most interesting is the appearance of Trojan horse, Clagger-G, in the chart this month at number eight, which is a clear demonstration of mass spamming holding its own against self-spreading
The scientists see the rust as a self-spreading
addition to augment current weed-control options.
Water$avr combines long-known evaporation control technology with an innovative, self-spreading
capability that makes it economically viable.