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Recent coverage of the latest ransomware and phishing attacks makes one thing clear: You’ve got to keep your operating system up to date. But that recommendation, while important, may not get to the root of the problem. Making sure you’ve got the latest Windows updates prevents the spread of ransomware such as WannaCry, after it’s already infiltrated your company.

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The concept is simple: Your computer gets infected with a virus that encrypts your files until you pay a ransom. It’s extortion taken to its networked extreme. The criminals provide step-by-step instructions on how to pay, sometimes even offering a help line for victims unsure how to buy bitcoin.

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It’s understandable that people should look for someone to blame after a malware outbreak as significant as WannaCry.
Is it the fault for the NSA for discovering a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s code, and not telling Microsoft at the time? Can we blame Microsoft for shipping buggy code in the first place?

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