From the last few days, the internet and news were filled with reports about a new ransomware dubbed the “Wanna Cry ransomware” had hit the world, attacking over 100+ countries. If you are still unclear on what actually the Wanna Cry ransomware is, whether it has attacked your PC and how to stay safe from the attack, then today we are here with an article with all the details you should know about the Wanna Cry ransomware.
What is a Ransomware?
So what exactly is a ransomware?
A Ransomware is a malicious piece of software that often gets downloaded to your system when you download stuffs from unauthorized links or unknown mails that may be present in your inbox. Once downloaded, the ransomware gets full authority over your system and blocks your access in to the system.
Once your access is blocked, you are then displayed with a message on your desktop asking for a ransom, and you are required to pay the sum of money to get your access back in to the system.
All About the WannaCry Ransomware 2017:
The “WannaCry” is a new type of ransomware that began attacking only Window-based systems. After blocking the systems, the ransom was demanded to be paid out as Bitcoins. The attack began on 12 May 2017, Friday and has so far hit 150+ countries affecting 230,000+ computer systems.
India, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine are the countries that are badly affected by the WannaCry ransomware and the popular services affected by the ransomware include LATAM Airlines, FedEx and National Health Services of Britain.
The widespread of the ransomware was reduced when a internet security researcher who blogs by the name “MalwareTech” unknowingly pulled a kill switch against the WannaCry ransomware, thus reducing the effectiveness of the ransomware. The kill switch worked when MalwareTech registered a domain name that was found in the ransomeware code.
However, MalwareTech had warned that the attackers could bypass the kill switch, which is verified with the latest version of WannaCry that was detected, which lacked the kill switch.
How to Protect Windows Systems from WannaCry Ransomware Attack?
If you own a Windows powered system and if you are in any one of the affected countries, then it is a wise choice to opt to safeguard your Windows system from the WannaCry Ransomware attack. And if you are in search on ways to protect PC from WannaCry attack, then below are some of the easiest and most effective ways:
- The first and foremost way to protect your system from the WannaCry cyber attack is to update your Windows to the latest patched version. As soon as the WannaCry ransomware started spreading, Windows came up with a Security Patch for Windows 10 to safeguard your system from the attack. If you haven’t updated your Windows system yet, then do it as soon as possible.
- Be sure not to download anything from any unauthorized websites. Unauthorized downloads are the main way how ransomware spread. Also, check the things you download from your email inbox as well. Make sure that the download you make are of things that are sent by people you know.
- Have a regular backup of all the data stored in your Windows PC. This way, you will be able to perform a complete data wipe to start your Windows PC clean and then restore the last backup of all your content, in case your Windows system is infected by WannaCry.
Hope you found the article on the latest WannaCry ransomware helpful. Do follow the above mentioned methods to stay safe from WannaCry. Do share this article and help others as well.
Should you be worried about WannaCry Ransomware?
If you are a Windows user, then probably yes. But do not PANIC.
Microsoft has got you covered. Click here to check Microsoft Ransomeware prevention tips.
Wannacry Ransomeware and ATMs – Are ATM’s Vulnerable?
ATMs in India mostly run in Windows XP. So there was a possible chance of getting the system infected. But the banking officials were quick to react and have updated their ATMs with Ransomware patch. So, your money is all safe and you need to worry at all.
WannaCry Ransomware and Whatsapp Hoax
Recently it was seen that a message on Whatsapp about Ransomeware was getting heavily circulated. It would be wise not to give too much attention to the message as it is nothing but HOAX.
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