WannaCry Ransomware Attack has been making international headlines across the world recently. Specifically targeting Microsoft Windows, the virus has once again made it crystal clear why it always paid to be extra cautious and add an additional layer of protection to your system.
To ensure you have the right information about this shocking ransomware that infects computers with a malicious intention of financial extortion in return for access to the confidential information or contents of the PCs, we have made a complete guide to help remain on the safer side of the stream. Let's get across the line!
WannaCry Ransomware Attack: All You Need to Know About It
When the WannaCry ransomware attack Started?
Ransomware attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017. So far it has infected 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries.
It demands ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 28 languages.
The infected systems were encrypted, and users have been fully locked out of their files. The only way they could unlock the systems was to pay $300 in Bitcoin.
It has been described as unprecedented regarding scale and massive impact.
Most Affected Companies
This ransomware attack has affected some of the well-known companies in the world. According to reports, Telefónica and many other large corporations in Spain have been hit by it.
Parts of Britain's National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, Deutsche Bahn, and LATAM Airlines have also, unfortunately, fallen prey to this attack.
How Does the WannaCry Ransomware Attack Spread?
Just like many other ransomware attacks, it primarily spreads through phishing emails. However, it's also using the EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor which have been created by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). It is reportedly spreading through a network that hasn't installed recent security updates.
Affects Only Windows Systems…
The virus has, so far, affected only Windows systems. Older versions of Windows such as Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server are under threat. It is said to utilize an exploit in Windows that directly infects the exposed systems.
The exploits had reportedly been stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Microsoft has added security to the latest versions of the Windows to fight out the attack. The tech giant has released updates for the affected versions of the OS as well.
It is reported that Microsoft had released a significant patch to get rid of the vulnerability for supported systems on 14 March 2017. Unfortunately, not many companies had implemented it.
Can WannaCry Infect your Mac As Well?
Though WannaCry has mainly affected the older versions of Windows, I would recommend you to be always cautious; ensuring your system is safe.
Make sure to have the up-to-date backup of your computer. It's better to keep both local and online backups of your device.
How to Safeguard Yourself from Ransomware?
Make sure to not click on links in emails or on web pages about which you don't have any idea. If you find something fake, give it a damn– completely ignore it.
If, at all, you want to visit that suspicious site, type the site name in your web browser and then head over from there.
Have any feedback? Feel free to let us know your views about WannaCry?
In the wake of such a rampant cyber attack, I would recommend you to
- Enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
- Set up two-step verification for your Google Account
- Set up two-step verification for Twitter
- Set up two-step verification for Instagram
- Set up two-step verification for WhatsApp