Why China’s universities are so vulnerable to WannaCry global cyberattack

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Computer security experts have linked code in the WannaCry ransomware software to North Korea

By Stephen Chen
South China Morning Post

As the global fallout from a massive cyberattack ebbed on Tuesday, it emerged that universities bore the brunt of the assault in China – even as Chinese authorities contested the extent of the damage.

More than 4,300 Chinese educational institutions were infected by the WannaCry ransomware that spread across the globe last Friday, according to Chinese cybersecurity giant Qihoo 360’s Threat Intelligence Centre. Almost 30,000 organisations across the country were affected in all.

But the Ministry of Education’s China Education and Research Network (Cernet) said just 66 out of 1,600 Chinese universities were affected, rejecting reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as “malicious” hype.

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