In many ways, WannaCrypt is just another ransomware variant — but then in many ways it isn't. Here's what makes WannaCrypt unique and the lessons we can take from these attacks.

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak that emerged last week and is exploiting a vulnerability discovered and hidden for an unknown amount of time by the NSA is arguably the worst ransomware we’ve seen thus far. It’s not just encrypting files and locking users out of their machines, but it’s also self-propagating and uses exploit code, behavior that hasn’t been seen in ransomware until now.



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