Things you must know about the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

WannaCry Ransomware Attackone of the biggest cyber attacks of the decade, has left the entire world shocked. The national and international media is just after it bringing updates when, where and how the PCs of a reputed organization became prey to this attack and how the Ransomware virus demands money to unlock those. Though cyber crime has always been a part and parcel of the growing internet usage, but perhaps this is one of the most terrible attacks the world has ever seen.

However, now it has become evident every single Computer user across the globe should add some extra security to their PCs. Else they might also become the victim. To make you more clear on the Ransomware attck, it only affects the Windows PCs and has not affected any Mac till now. Starting from its first attack on 12May 2017, now the malware has spread over 150 countries affecting more than 2.5 lac PCs. For unlocking the PCs, it demands cryptocurrency Bitcon in 28 languages. The amount it demands is $300 in Bitcon.

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Many reputed organizations across the globe i.e. Telefónica, ritain’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, Deutsche Bahn, and LATAM Airlines etc. have already become victim to this prey. Now one question must be running in evry mind, “Will my PC also get infected by this virus?” Then answer is yes, of course you might be. So you must know what to do to avoid this Ransomeware attack.

Before you take any steps to prevent your PC from the Ransomeware attack, you need to know some essential facts. First, the virus still now has attacked only the older version of windows such as Windows XP and and Windows 2003 servers. So such kind of systems are under threat. The virus is said to be using an exploit which directly affect the exposed systems. Secondly, the attack spreads mainly through phishing mails. So you have to be very careful while opening any email. So you must ensure not to click any link inside a mail that you are not aware of, neither click any webpages on which you have no idea or seems suspicious.

Apart, the malware spreads through networks that have not recent security patches. It also uses EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor technology which have been created by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). So this technique is said to have been stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency. So undoubtedly it will be too difficult to prevent this malware from attack. However, Microsoft has already added extra security to the advanced version of Windows and even released security updates for the affected versions. Microsoft though was extra cautious to release a security patch for the vulnerable systems on 14 March 2017, unfortunately many companies had not implemented it.

Though the WannaCry Ransomware attack has till now attacked any Mac, but Mac users are also warned to stay cautious. We would recommend all to back up their valuable data both offline and online. also don’t forget to activate two-step verification for all your Social Media sites.

Also forget not to share any valuable info if you have here in the comments section so that the readers can have more knowledge on the WannaCry Ransomware attack.

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