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Seven things we learned about WannaCry - CNET

WannaCry is one of the biggest cyber attacks ever. Getty Images

How much worse can all this hacking get?

This past week saw one of the worst cyberattacks ever, striking hospitals and businesses around the world. The attack encrypted -- or scrambled -- the files on more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, and demanded victims pay ransom of at $300.

Here are the things we've learned so far.

There was lots of warning

This hack stemmed from a vulnerability that was discovered in Microsoft's Windows software that powers most of the worlds PCs. It was originally discovered by the National Security Agency, whose files were leaked onto the internet by a group known as Shadow Brokers last month.

Microsoft had already sent a security update to PCs running newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 10, in March. The company also sent statements to the press that anyone running the latest updates should be protected.

A lot of people don't update their computers

Yet, despite...(continued)

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