May 13, 2017
By Bob Sheppard
It’s believed to be the biggest cyberattack ever recorded.
A massive ransomware attack hit computers in dozens of countries around the world on Friday.
The extortion plot overtook computers, and an on-screen message stated that their files were encrypted and would remain that way unless a fee was paid in Bitcoins.
Among its victims were businesses and institurions including a Renault car assembly plant in France, Germany’s national railway and 45 public health organizations in Britain.
A 22-year-old Bristish cybersecurity researcher is being credited with helping to halt the attack when he discovered it could be stopped by registering a garbled domain name.
But he says it isn’t really over since the attacker can ultimately change the code and start again.