Just over a month ago, a nasty piece of ransomware called “WannaCry” began infecting PCs all across the world at an alarming rate. Based off of a leaked NSA exploit, the malware worked by encrypting all of a user’s files and offering up a decryption key only upon receipt of a $300 payment via Bitcoin. In the span of just a few days, WannaCry managed to infect nearly 300,000 machines, a tally which could have been much higher had it not been for a researcher who inadvertently activated WannaCry’s kill-switch.
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