One of the Riverina’s leading computer security experts says the newest global cyber attack could have been avoided if people simply updated their computers.
A new form of ransomware called WannaCrypt - where files are encrypted until a ransom is paid - crippled thousands of computers and locked up essential services including hospitals in Britain.
Cyber-security specialist Daniel Winson said it exploited a bug in Windows systems that had been known about since March. Even worse for those infected, Microsoft had put out a patch to solve the problems weeks ago.
It’s not just a problem for Windows users either, Mr Winson said, with Apple computers attracting more attention from cyber criminals. He said people should regularly update their computer and keep backups.