WannaCry: A new era of cyber security

When the “WannaCry” virus hit computers in at least 150 countries around the world, some called it the beginning of a new era – an era in which hackers have become experts at finding weak spots in our online security.

There was also a kind of dawning realisation of how vulnerable organisations all over the globe are to cybercriminals.

The WannaCry attack targeted Microsoft’s Windows operating system using malicious software or “ransomware”. It blocked access to computer systems and demanded that victims pay money via the crypto currency bitcoin

The world’s biggest software maker was quick to point the finger of blame at the US government. But some experts say Microsoft is accountable too for the way in which it charges for new versions of its software.


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Source: Al Jazeera.