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WannaCry ransomware was launched on May 12, 2017, and quickly spread around the world, infecting as many as 230,000 computers in 150 countries. Believed to have been created by North Korea, the ransomware demanded a payment of $300 in Bitcoin–but no encryption key was available, so the victims who paid (about 1,000 in all) weren't able to recover their files.

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