Ransomware has once again reared its dangerous head, but this time the malware brings with it a wake-up call to defend one’s data and adopt better e-mail practices. What has recently been making headlines and no doubt dispelling the smiles at more than a few businesses is the aptly named WannaCry, the latest variant of ransomware to emerge from the malware threat swamp. WannaCry isn’t the first ransomware attack, nor will it be the last; but it has certainly been one of the largest, highlighting for some their lack of awareness of how severe these kinds of attacks can be, as well as how quickly they can occur, particularly on computers running outdated operating systems. This particular exploit gained notoriety because of its scale – it affected around 200,000 systems in under a week. What ransomware is At its most insidious, ransomware can lock users out of their PCs, and even worse, encrypt their data so that they can’t get access to it. The attacker then puts a timer on the encry...

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