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How to protect your PC from the WannaCry ransomware

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Security firms have spent the weekend analysing the WannaCry/WanaDecryptor ransomware code, producing a series of best-practice advice to help individuals and organisations to avoid infection.

WannaCry is the malicious code that recently hit large parts of the NHS, as well as other organisations, including car maker Nissan and telco Telefonica.

Many experts believe that the malware attacks systems by exploiting a known flaw in Microsoft Windows SMB Server, MS17-010, thought to have been used by the NSA in the past.

Security firm Bitdefender suggests that WannaCry is one of the biggest threats that both end users and companies have had to face recently.

A spokeperson from Bitdefender explained that the ransomware can move itself around networks, once it has found a way in.

"Because the list of vulnerable Windows PCs can be found through a simple internet scan and the code can be executed remotely, no interaction from...(continued)

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