22 Year-Old Hero Halts Worldwide RansomWare Virus “WannaCry”

This weekend we saw the most devastating coordinated world-wide attack on hospitals and health institutions that has ever been experienced, in the form of a malicious virus that encrypts the contents of a computer system and then holds its ransom, demanding payment, usually in the form of a Crytocurrency such as Bitcoin. Until such payment is delivered, the user’s computer is locked. In Friday’s attack, NIH Health Clinics and Hospitals all over the UK were struck by the ransomware attack, which then spread out to non-health related industries such as Nissan and Renault. Over 150,000 systems became infected until the attack was thwarted by a 22 year-old British cyber security expert.