In May 2017, the computing world endured one of the single largest hacks in history.

The WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc on systems across the globe. China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and even the US – few countries were spared.

Some reports indicated that the impact from WannaCry reached over 400,000 computers in 150 countries.

While the attack carried with it an oddly amusing name, the situation was anything but funny. Not just home computers, but banks, hospitals, and telecom companies were all impacted by the malicious software

So what exactly was the WannaCry ransomware attack?

Well, it was a hostage situation demanding a ransom.

What was the hostage held for ransom?

Data.

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