A virus aimed at holding computers hostage for ransom money affected over 150 countries when the malware was unleashed. The attack was held off when a 22 year old uK security researcher studying the malware inadvertently stopped the spread. Questions remain, no one knows how many systems are still affected or if a copycat attack can occur. The malware used a vulnerability in Microsoft to create and spread the virus. Companies using up to date security software like Trust Guard, however, we’re safe from he attack.
- WannaCry was released by the Shadowbrokers group but created by the NSA.
- Many institutions were forced to pay the ransom in order to avoid complications.
- Experts expect many more cyber attacks stemming from WannaCry in the future.
“The ransomware, called WannaCry, locks down all the files on an infected computer and asks the computer’s administrator to pay in order to regain control of them.”