Do you know about WannaCry Ransomware or Virus, Not then read this article
When was WannaCry born: May 2017 was the first time when WannaCry started infecting Windows computers in more than 150 countries across the world. And its incidents are still being reported by the individuals and organizations.
What will happen to your files on the computer: It has been reported that all the files are encrypted and non-recoverable unless you pay ransom to the attackers. There has been mix response by the victims, some say their files were un-encrypted while others say even after paying the ransom, nothing was done by the attackers.
Who all are or will be impacted: Any unpatched Windows computer is vulnerable to WannaCry. Corporates or Institutions having a large network of computers are more vulnerable as WannaCry can spread quickly within a network without any users help. This is a reason why majorly the organizations were and are under the attack by WannaCry ransomware.
How does it attack the computer: There are various claims about how the WannaCry ransomware infects your computer or spreads in the network. Some of the websites were claiming the virus got spread via e-mail, infected portable devices, unpatched Windows machines or malicious links to the websites, etc. But primarily Machines not having the latest Windows and Anti-virus patch have the high probability of being attacked and infected.
What should the user do to avoid the threat:
- Individual users or the organizations have been asked to apply latest patches to their Windows system(s) as mentioned in the Microsoft Bulletin MS17-010, which is marked critical security patch.
- Restrict yourself or don't open emails or links in the e-mails from people whom you don’t know.
- Avoid downloading from websites that are not trustworthy or attachments from unsolicited e-mails.
- Install antivirus and update it frequently on all your Windows computers and download Microsoft's latest software patches.
- Don’t use unsupported Windows versions such as XP, Vista etc. Try purchasing and installing the latest Windows Operating System.
- Last but not the least back up all your important files offline, in a hard disk or pen drive or even on Google Drive.
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