WannaCry ransomware attack: How average computer users contributed to global spread of malware

Published May 17, 2017

An article on Fox News about last week's WannaCry ransomware attack interviews Shambhu Upadhyaya, professor of computer science and engineering, who said computer users who do not take the time to update their software or systems when prompted were a factor to the widespread nature of the ransomware attack.

“People simply don’t follow the security best practices,” he said. “This particular case — as the media showed — they had the ability in the Microsoft operating system, and Microsoft actually came up with a patch in March. Many people installed the patches and others did not, and that was the main problem.”

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