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How can we tackle cyber-threats like the WannaCry ransomware?

The UK government has a strategy, and the US has taken the first step

By David Omand  

File photo dated 26/05/2006 of the instruction file that Nurse Helen Barrow, of Littleborough, Lancashire, found on her desktop after becoming the first known UK victim to be held to ransom by computer frausdsters using Ransomware as the NHS is investigating "an issue with IT" amid reports of a cyber attack on its systems.

Last week, malware released by criminals caused global chaos by locking down computers, denying users access to vital—in some cases lifesaving—data and demanding a ransom for returning systems to normal. In the UK, notable victims were many NHS trusts, which were forced to shut down their entire IT systems. Worldwide, the WannaCry ransomware affected more than 150 countries. The perpetrators are unknown,…

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