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What is bitcoin, how do I buy it and why do ransomware criminals want them?


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Bitcoin demand in ransomware attack (Picture: EPA)

Cyber criminals were widely reported as having demanded ‘bitcoins’ in their ransom demands last week.

What is Wanna Decryptor the ransomware used in the NHS cyber attack?

Thousands of computers around the world were infected with ransomware on Friday with users files locked and demands for bitcoin payments to allow access.

NHS hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacies, FedEx and Spain’s main telecoms provider Telefonica were among those targetted in the cyber assault, which is though to have affected 150 countries.

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In Britain, the attack meant hundreds of operations were cancelled as well as patient files, test results and X-rays being unavailable –… Read the full story

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