May 13, 2017

A 22-year-old spent $11 and thwarted the global cyberattack

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A 22-year-old British cybersecurity researcher thwarted yesterday's "Wanna Decryptor 2.0" cyberattack that affected computers worldwide by spending nearly $11, the Washington Post reports.

The "kill switch": The cybersecurity expert figured out there was a hidden "kill switch" (an unregistered domain) within the malware that was locking users out of their computers. By buying a domain ending with "" and registering a website, all for $10.69, he was able to activate the hidden kill switch — potentially saving companies worldwide billions of dollars.

Read the entire process of how this 22-year-old stopped a global cybersecurity attack on his blog.

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