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A UK security blogger came across a 'kill switch' in the malicious software of yesterday's attack 'by accident'; during a week's vacation from work, the 22-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym MalwareTech, was up all night investigating the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack; whilst testing a theory he triggered the software code's inbuilt 'kill switch' which stopped the attack's spread but did nothing to repair machines that had already been affected; his boss even gave him an extra week off work as a reward via @TBWH91