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Is the world ready for the next big ransomware attack?

04
Mar
2019
Is the world ready for the next big ransomware attack?

The WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks were massive incidents that impacted companies both large and small across large geographic areas. Both propagated quickly and brought massive organizations such as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and shipping giant Maersk to a standstill.

While the threat from those two individual attacks has been mostly mitigated, variants of both still continue to propagate out in the wild. A new report suggests that another global attack in the same style, if coordinated and executed properly, could cause even more damage and cost companies billions of dollars in damage.

The cost of massive global attacks

WannaCry is estimated to have infected 200,000 computers across 150 countries, spreading through unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows.

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