Thai lecturer writes programme to block ‘WannaCry’

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A Thai lecturer has successfully written a programme to block the global ransomware bug dubbed “WannaCry”.

Chanwit Kaewkasi, a lecturer at the Computer Engineering Department at Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima province, on Monday demonstrated the Block Wannacry program, which was developed by university lecturers to protect computers from the malware.

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The program – now available for free download – has seen more than 1 million visits to the host webpage and tens of thousands of downloads.

Europol revealed that the WannaCry ransomware had affected 200,000 victims in 150 countries and described the cyberattack as “unprecedented”.

Thailand had about 200 computers affected by the virus, by late Monday. All had been fixed without having to pay a ransom and users were able to use their machines again, a top government official said.

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