Ransomware using cyberweapons stolen from the National Security Agency struck a New Jersey conglomerate April 29 — setting off alarms with its global chief information officer that future attacks loom and “the world isn’t ready,” The New York Times reported.
Golan Ben-Oni of IDT Corp. was able to fend off the attack, which was similar to the devastating global strike by WannaCry that hit England, China, and elsewhere – but went unreported in the media.
But according to the Times, the ransom demand at IDT was just a smoke screen for a far more invasive attack that stole employee credentials.
“The world is burning about WannaCry, but this is a nuclear bomb compared to WannaCry,” Ben-Oni told the Times. “This is different. It’s a lot worse. It steals credentials. You can’t catch it, and it’s happening right under our noses.
“The world isn’t ready for this.”