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Why have we had to rely on hackers to stop catastrophic ransomware again?

The latest ransomware attack even hit Chernobyl safety systems – but once again, it was down to independent hackers to save the day

As the latest malware virus spread around the world, surreal images appeared on Twitter: bemused Ukrainian shoppers standing around supermarket checkouts, watching screens fill up with ominous lines of text; ATM machines showing the same display. The red text on a black background reads: “Ooops, your important files have been encrypted… Send $300 worth of Bitcoin to the following address”. There’s a reason this sort of virus is called ‘ransomware’ – though it’s not known if …read more

Source: New Statesman

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