With the advances in AI and Big Data, companies are giving a fighting chance against the rising ransomware threat.

As cyber-attack outbreaks go,WannaCry didn’t really last that long from the time the first infection was discovered on the morning of May 12 until the kill switch was released by Microsoft three days later. In that short span, however, the damage reached $5 billion while hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide were compromised.

Using the NSA’s EternalBlue cyber-spying tool as the launchpad, this type of ransomware exploits a gap it the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol of Microsoft. In fact, the tech company already released patches to address the security issue prior to the attack. Unfortunately, not all companies installed the free upgrade.

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