Computing specialist comments on WannaCry ransomware outbreak

Dr Julio Hernandez-Castro from the School of Computing has written for The Independent providing commentary on the ransomware outbreak that is plaguing businesses worldwide.

Dr Hernandez-Castro, who specialises in Computer Security, comments on the fact that this strain of ransomware is particularly dangerous because it can infect machines without relying on end user error – instead using a flaw in Windows that allows the malware to spread.

He also warns that the spread of this ransomware will likely lead to further ‘copycat’ versions being created and distributed, so the risk to individuals and businesses from this threat will only increase. As such ensuring systems are up-to-date with the latest software is vital.

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