Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomeware Attack

Ben Thompson writing for his publication, Stratechery:

"WannaCry is a type of malware called 'ransomware': it encrypts a computers’ files and demands payment to decrypt them. Ransomware is not new; what made WannaCry so destructive was that it was built on top of a computer worm — a type of malware that replicates itself onto other computers on the same network (said network, of course, can include the Internet)."

This thing started way back in 2001. Ben covers the timeline from then til now, talks about the blame going around, gets to the root of why WannaCry happened in the first place and offers a serious solution.

It's well worth a read.

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