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The Great Computer Plague of 2017

Copyright © 2017 by David E. Ross

In May 2017, widespread distribution of ransomware variously known under such names as WannaCrypt and WannaCry affected computers using various versions of Windows worldwide. Estimates indicated that well over 100,000 computers — possibly more than 200,000 — were affected, primarily through the remote encryption of important data and software. Hospitals, public transportation, and other major systems were shut down by a demand for payment of ransom to obtain decryption of the affected computers.

Of course, the criminals who distributed the ransomware are to blame. However, blame must also be shared by other parties.

18 May 2017
Updated 5 June 2017

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