When the WannaCry ransomware took hold earlier this month, it quickly began infecting thousands of machines in a number of countries all across the world. In the process, it even managed to infect computers at the National Health Service in the UK, effectively disabling IT systems at a number of hospitals.
All told, it’s believed that WannaCry managed to infect upwards of 300,000 machines, a figure that could have been much higher had it not been for a security researcher who accidentally stumbled upon the malware’s kill-switch. Incidentally, security researchers, the days following the attack, even managed to come up with a solution for some impacted users, effectively allowing them to reclaim their encrypted files without forking over $300 worth of Bitcoin to an unknown group of hackers.
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