Published on May 12th, 2019 📆 | 5222 Views ⚑0
Why is WannaCry hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins facing a criminal sentence, rather than fighting cyber crime?
On this day in 2017, one of the worst cyber attacks in history raged. It was a Friday morning when computers around the world first froze and outdated Windows home screens were replaced with WannaCry’s red ransom note, which demanded $300 (£230) in return for access. Before long, some 300,000 computers in 150 countries from Colombia to China were locked, causing millions of pounds worth of damage.
NHS England declared a “major incident” after 34 trusts and 595 GP practices were hit. Ambulances were re-routed, equipment broke and nearly 7,000 appointments were cancelled. It was remarkable no one died, but the bill came to £73 million.
The world’s top cyber experts raced to halt the virus, but…