How the WannaCry

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The worldwide cyber attack that began last Friday and goes by the name of “WannaCry” has highlighted the need for governments and businesses to strengthen their security infrastructure, in addition to calling attention to the need to mandate security updates and educate lawmakers about the intricacies of cyber security.

At last count, WannaCry had affected more than 230,000 users in some 150 countries. Prominent among the victims of the attack are the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K., which found many operations disrupted and had to divert patients to other facilities, Spain’s telecom company Telefonica, U.S.-based FedEx and organizations in South America, Germany, Russia and Taiwan.

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