You're Not As Safe As You Think.
Biggest News of The Week.
If you haven't been under a hole for the past week, you would have heard of WannaCrypt. This virus infected thousands of PC's all around the world. It locked users out of their computers and offered to open the computer for a very large fee.
The Money Maker.
Money for Your Information.
This is called Ransomware, and is how the hackers made their money. They asked for $300, increasing by $300 every 6 hours till the payment was made. They accepted the ransom through an anonymous currency called Bitcoin, and now there's basically no way to trace them. Some indivduals reportedly paid up to $2,400 while some companies paid in the hundreds of thousands.
Your Precious Memories for $900.
The British Health Sector Took Over $7 Million in Losses.
The Code That Put Out the Fire.
The virus spread like wildfire in the 6 hours it ran, infecting over 75,000 PC's over the world - up until the MacKeeper code found a way to uproot the virus and restore all system files. This software was originally made to speed up the performance of MacBooks and Apple software, but it turned out to be a pretty good defense against the virus on PC as well.
The software has been recommended by Apple and Microsoft and is now available for free download until the WannaCrypt virus has been successfully eradicated. It has been said that people who do not get the MacKeeper software are about 84% more likely to get infected so it would be a good idea to upgrade your Mac.
There is also a sister software for PC (windows) called the PC Keeper, it is also available for free download until the virus has been completely eradicated.
The Man Behind The Code
The Government Hand in All This.
This virus is continued fallout from the Vault 7 leaks of the CIA. We dive into that story in more depth over at wired.com where you can get more breaking news on the tech sector.
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