4 min read.Updated: 24 May 2017, 04:23 AM ISTLivemint
If in previous years cyberattacks could lead to monetary losses, today they can cost lives. Just cybersecurity isn't enough any more
With weapons stolen from the government, a group of belligerents begin to unleash anarchy on citizens worldwide and plan to get rich in the process—until a young man accidentally finds the kill switch to destroy their plans. Will he be able to stop them and save the world? This may sound like a Hollywood thriller but it is, in fact, a summation of the worldwide cyberattack that took place less than a fortnight ago. One group of hackers (only to be imagined in dark hoodies) picked up cyber tools stolen by another from America’s National Security Agency, and then effectively “weaponized" them to hold hostage millions of computers across the world. Users, mostly using older version of the Microsoft Windows software, were locked out of their computers—and told to pay a ransom in bitcoins if they wanted to get back in.
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