What Is Ransomware or Wanna Cry – Ransomware Explained
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Ransomware is a program that get’s on to your computer when you either click something wrong or download something wrong
What is WannaCry?
WannaCry, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a form of “ransomware”+ that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore.
How does it work and spread?
The WannaCry program encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access
Where has it spread?
British based cyber researcher Chris Doman of AlienVault said the ransomware ” looks to be targeting a wide range of countries+ “, with initial evidence of infections in at least two dozen nations according to experts from three security firms.
The broad based ransomware attack has appeared in at least eight Asian nations+ , a dozen countries in Europe, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and Argentina and appears to be sweeping around the globe, researchers said.
Are you at risk?
Looking at the spread of the virus globally you could be at risk and must take actions to stay protected from the potential threat.
How do I stay protected?
WannaCry aka Ransomware, exploits a vulnurability that MicroSoft patched in March’2017. Ensure you have windows update turned on and update to the latest Windows patches.
Regularly Back-up data: Upto date data back-up means you don’t have to pay a ransom to access your data.
Keep a watch on your e-mails: Don’t open spam e-mails, be very picky while clicking on any links in the e-mail or downloading any attachment. A wrong click and cost you a lot so stay safe.
Scan your computer for any malicious files or program with a good antivirus software and remove them.
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