Crippling cyberattack continues to spread around the world – Los Angeles Times

A crippling computer virus morphed into the biggest ransomware attack in history, triggering a wave of aftershocks being felt well beyond the victims who found their data held hostage.

The so-called WannaCry virus once again placed the cyberactivities of the U.S. National Security Agency in a global controversy. Experts criticized the spy agency for not only developing a dangerous tool to exploit a vulnerability in Windows computers, but also letting it fall into the hands of criminals.

The ransomware attack secretly searched computers for personal files, encrypted them and then displayed a demand for ransom to release the files.

The virus struck with lightning speed. Cybersecurity researchers had warned that such an event was increasingly likely because aging computer operating systems were not being updated with the latest software protections.

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