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How To Protect Yourself From The Global Ransomware Attack


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Security experts are bracing for more fallout from Friday's worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack, which has so far affected more than 150 countries and major businesses and organizations, including FedEx, Renault and Britain's National Health Service. But if you're just hearing about this attack - or waking up to an unresponsive computer of your own - here's what you need to understand about what law enforcement officials have called the biggest such attack in history.

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Computer Security Experts Brace For Second Wave Of 'Biggest Ransomware Attack Ever'


It primarily targeted users of Windows XP, an aging operating system for which Microsoft largely ended support in 2014.

The malicious "ransomware" attacks that seized computers worldwide Friday and held those systems hostage are likely to worsen this week as millions of people return to work - forcing them to discover the hard way whether they have been affected, security analysts said.

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