A new strain of ransomware is wrecking havoc all over the world, with hospitals across England and major companies in several countries reportedly affected. Security experts have identified the ransomware as a new strain of the WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry) malware, and apparently its reach extends beyond the UK and Spain, into Russia, Taiwan, France, Japan, and more.
The malware leverages a Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue that leaked last month when a group known as Shadow Brokers posted a bunch of hacking tools that allegedly belonged to the NSA. Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw in March, but apparently many organizations have failed to keep up.
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