As 1st WannaCry deadline nears, French researchers claim cure

Most of the affected systems - over 98 percent - were actually running Windows 7.

In laboratory testing, researchers at MWR and Kyptos say they have found Windows XP crashes before the virus can spread.

The ransomware is very infectious, with more than 300,000 computers worldwide in 150 countries believed to have been hit - about half of which are in Russian Federation or China.

However, a bug in WannaCry code means the attackers can not use unique bitcoin addresses to track payments, security researchers at Symantec found this week.

Researchers are still trying to piece together details from the "WannaCry" ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.

Microsoft had released a patch for Windows 7 back in March but it seems many users hadn't updated to the latest version.

While the initial version of Guinet's software solution only helped out Windows XP users, this wasn't a huge help in and of itself given that most users affected by WannaCry were Windows 7 users.

However, if you've been infected by WannaCry and you haven't rebooted your computer in an attempt to get rid of it, you can give Wanakiwi a try.

The company called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

As of Wednesday, half of all internet addresses corrupted globally by WannaCry were located in China and Russian Federation, with 30 and 20 percent of infections, respectively, according to data supplied by threat intelligence firm Kryptos Logic. According to reports, it has infected over 300,000 computers in the world, and this is widely seen as the biggest cyberattack in the world.

A loose-knit team of security researchers scattered across the globe said they had collaborated to develop a workaround to unlock the encryption key for files hit in the global attack, which several independent security researchers have confirmed.

The WannaCry ransomware works by encrypting files on targetted Windows computers before demanding a ransom be paid in the crypt-currency Bitcoin. "That's what the data shows", MWR research head Pratley said.

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