Let's say there is a particular network which has a "monthly" successful cryptolocker attack. Every time, every computer in that network is infected.

The set up is like this:

  • 1x Windows 2003 server (SMB1)
  • 4x Windows 10 Client computers

Every time, the server and 3x Windows 10 machines are infected. 1 machine remains unaffected.

They are all part of the same domain.

Is it possible, that a virus infection resides on that one computer that never gets infected, and spreads the crypto onto the other machines without infecting it's host? Has anyone experiences likewise behavior?

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    The machine that is spreading the virus in this scenario would be infected, it would just not be encrypted. And yes, this is theorethically possible. Does it happend in practice? I have no idea. – Anders May 23 '19 at 19:09

I don't see how it is possible for a virus to spread from a computer that is not infected. With that in mind, security updates for Windows server 2003 stopped in 2015. Since that date, a number of vulnerabilities have been identified:


This could leave the machine wide open to automated attacks.

This vulnerability is oddly consistent with the configuration you are describing:


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