Did your computer lock up over the last few days? Count yourself lucky if it didn’t, as a particularly bad strain of ransomware has shut down computer systems all around the world.
Ransomware is software that locks up your computer until you pay the hacker to unlock it, and the latest WannaCry attack is the largest cyber-shakedown in history.
If you haven’t gotten hit, it’s a good reminder to always update your software.
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Were you a victim of WannaCry ransomware? (The 3:59, Ep. 227)