WannaCry Ransomware: Know How To Protect Yourself From The Unexpected Attack

As notorious WannaCrypt ransomware hits businesses worldwide, technology giant Microsoft said it has been working round the clock since Friday to help all its customers who have been affected by this incident.

Cyber-security firm Avast said it has detected 75,000 cases of "Ransomware" attack in 99 different countries. Among the foremost is Microsoft that rushed for Windows CP an emergency path, after ending support formally for the three years ago operating system. Last week most of the intrusions were in Europe, with some in the USA, and this week it's spread to Asia, affecting about 200,000 computers (and climbing). The critical issues caused when the virus spread was that they also infected network drives and files across the network, requiring a sum of 300$ Bitcoins.

The worm encrypts data on an infected system, and then tells the user that their files have been locked and displays information on how much is to be paid and when - up to roughly $600 in bitcoin.

WannaCry takes the influence of a Windows flaw discovered by the National Security Agency (NSA) and made public by hackers last month.

WannaCry ransomware has managed to shake the system all over the world. However, as we have seen from Edward's Snowden revelations, nearly everything that we have ever suspected about government spying is true. There's a set of guidelines most countries abide by, The Geneva Convention, that governs the use of certain types weapons.

WannaCry, like the majority of ransomware and malware will arrive under your radar, as an email attachment or as a download on your PC. The longer victims pay, the longer ransomware will continue to grow, or at least that's what leading cyber security firms believe and it's why they advise against it.

The Hitachi ATMs deployed by many White Label ATM players and Yes Bank were impacted by the malware.According to reports Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are highly vulnerable to such malware attacks as they presently run on old version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, making a software security patch update a necessary exercise.There are a total of 2.2 lakh ATMs in India, of which many old ones run on Windows XP. Marcus Hutchins accidentally hit the kill switch of this ransomware and stopped the global attack.

  • Arturo Norris