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WannaCry Ransomware Terrorizing Networks

Ransomware is a nasty type of malware, which blocks access to files in a computer and demands money to release them. WannaCry Ransomware is the talk of the internet world today. It has terrorized organizations across the globe, locking up over 200,000 computers within one week. Let’s have a detailed a look this mysterious, malicious worm.

What Is WannaCry?

WannaCry is the latest dreaded ransomware. It denies you access to the files in your computer by locking them up and encrypting them. This malware largely targets Windows operating systems. When your system is infected, it will show a pop-up window with instruction on how to pay a $300 worth of ransom.

Included in the pop-up, are two count-down clocks. One cock shows a 3-day deadline, after which the ransom amount is doubled to $600. The second clock shows a deadline of when you will completely lose your data.

WannaCry only accepts payment in Bitcoin. It is actually called WCry. However, experts are using variants like WannaCry.

How Does WannaCry Spread?

As stated earlier, ransomware is an application that gets into your computer system and then takes your files captive. How does this happen?

You can either click or download an infected file. According to some security experts, this malware could be deployed through a worm. It then spreads by itself within a network instead of depending on computer users to spread it by clicking on infected files.

After getting into your computer, the ransomware will encrypt your documents and demand payment so you can regain access. However, there’s no guarantee that you will get your files back paying the ransom.

There are other forms of ransomware that run malicious programmes, which can lock your computer completely. They’ll only leave a message asking you to make payments before you can be able to log in again. Other malware create pop-ups that are hard to close, and this makes your computer virtually impossible to use.

Who Is Behind WannaCry

It is not yet known who is running this malware. However, it could be anyone who capitalized on the weaknesses unearthed by the NSA and released publicly.

How Can You Prevent WannaCry Attack?

Besides investing in a secure network, like SD-WAN, there are several other things you can do to safeguard yourself against ransomware attacks. To learn more about SD-WAN, follow this link: Transbeam – what you need to know about SD-WAN.

You can also do the following to keep your computer system safe:

  • Install and make use of an updated antivirus program
  • Ensure that software is always up-to-date
  • Never click on links or open emails or attachments from senders you don’t know
  • Make sure you have smart screen switched on. This helps in detecting reported phishing and malware sites; likewise, it helps you make wise decisions on downloads
  • Backup your crucial files on a regular basis
  • Make sure a pop-up blocker is always active in your web browser

What If You’ve Been Infected Already?

If your computer is already infected, try doing the following:

  • Wipe every affected machine through your backups. Rebuild them afterwards. Remember to patch them before you put them online
  • Think about paying the ransom. This will largely depend on how important the encrypted files are

Final Thoughts

WannaCry ransomware has attacked over 200,000 computers around the world, and the number is bound to rise if nothing is done to contain it. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure your systems are safe from this malicious worm. You don’t want to be the next victim.

Beatrice Santos
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