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SA cyber security experts weigh in on WannaCry

Robust ransomware WannaCry made headlines over the weekend for infecting thousands of computers worldwide. Maeson Maherry, solutions director at LAWtrust, says the attacks highlight why it is important to encrypt information in-house, before it is encrypted by malware.

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WannaCry is unique because "it is a huge attack coming from everywhere".

Robust ransomware WannaCry made headlines over the weekend for infecting thousands of computers worldwide. While attacks have slowed down, the extent of the local impact is still not clear.

Maeson Maherry, solutions director at LAWtrust, says the attacks highlight why it is important to encrypt information in-house, before it is encrypted by malware.

He says this way, if information is stolen, it can't be analysed or used afterwards.

Over 200 000 organisations and private individuals were reportedly hit in 150 countries since last week Friday with the first wave of the WannaCry ransomware.

The malware exploited a now patched Microsoft Windows vulnerability which was held back from the computing company by the US National Security Agency and revealed in the Shadowbrokers dump in March.

Read the full ITWeb article here.