Devastating Global ‘ExplodingCan’ Cyber Attack Is Imminent, Warns Experts

The hack, called ‘ExplodingCan’, targets computers running on Microsoft Windows 2003, which means that it could be used to attack 375,000 computers worldwide. ExplodingCan has been created by the Shadow Brokers hacking group, which was also responsible for the WannaCry attack, and attributed to an organisation linked to the NSA. The hack targets Microsoft Windows 2003 servers running the Internet Information Services version 6.0 (IIS 6.0) web server. According to Manchester-based security company, Secarma, ExplodingCan exploits a known flaw in the IIS 6.0 servers, triggering a buffer overflow. This in turn can be used for remote access to the computer, and could allow hackers to plant ransomware in a similar fashion to the WannaCry worm. Paul Harris, managing director of Secarma, said: ‘Ultimately this is in the same risk category as the WannaCry attacks. Source Daily Mail