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Wannacry Ransomware Attack
Ransomware is the word on everyone’s lips this week, following the massive WannaCry ransomware attack which spread quickly all over the world. Security experts estimate that over 200 000 systems across 150 countries were affected by the attack, in which hackers took advantage of a weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to block any access to a computer system until a ‘ransom’ is paid in order to unlock the system again.
Investigations into the massive hack are still unfolding, but current thinking is that the attack originated in North Korea and made use of a set of top secret National Security Agency tools that were stolen and sold last year.