As things stand now, we're currently in the phase of "WannaCry 1.5," which is not causing the same level of damage but is still cause for concern. Every day, mutations (some minimal, others significant) of WannaCry appear and are used by ransom-hungry hacking groups.
However, as malware becomes more sophisticated, there is an increased chance that a WannaCry 2.0 will become real. The underlying factors that enabled WannaCry to become so successful to its creators are still relevant:
Patching: Organizations are not implementing patching cycles in a timely manner. For example, a patch for EternalBlue was available in March 2017, but WannaCry was still able to infiltrate systems two months later, in May 2017, because of the delayed patching by organizations.
Hacker persistence: Zero-day and one-day vulnerabilities are still appearing and being used in the wild. Hackers, including independent and nation-state groups, are looking for the right opportunity to spread a ransomware strain that could have the same (or better) lateral movement capabilities as WannaCry. #cybercrime #cybersecurity #technology #dctech #entrepreneur #fintech #healthcare