Ransomware is old news, as we had previously written here. Its latest iteration, the currently circulating WannaCry ransomware, is no laughing matter. The WannaCry vulnerability was reportedly first uncovered by the National Security Agency (NSA) but kept under wraps as a potential tool for possible surveillance. It was subsequently found by hackers who released a cache of stolen NSA documents on the internet, including details about WannaCry.
WannaCry has reportedly brought computer systems all over the world to their knees, locking users out of their computers, cutting access to their data, and demanding a ransom payment. As of earlier this week, it was reported that more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected, including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies, schools, warehouses, and businesses in general.
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