After the global outbreak of WannaCry and the renamed NotPetya ransomware, one would expect to find only a few brave souls who haven’t patched their servers to prevent being infected by ransomware.
But a newly created free software scanner called Eternal Blues, has revealed the opposite to be true.
Since the outbreaks, Eternal Blues was downloaded and scanned over 23,000 times with over 8 million IP addresses scanned. The scans revealed over 60,000 vulnerable hosts worldwide. Which reveals that many server owners and/or their IT departments have failed to take the necessary steps to prevent another outbreak.
According to Erez, “Here is a lesson for IT/Security departments: don’t be so certain that you know your network well. Deploy a multi-layered stack of security tools for both risk analysis and real time enforcement.”
“Running Eternal Blues is, by definition, being aware of the problem,” he added.