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WannaCry – The global ransomware attack

16/05/2017 1 comment

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few days, you should have known about the news that has been sweeping the news recently. Computers all around the world have been hit by some virus known as WannaCry. What is it? Well, WannaCry is the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this ransomware is far from over. And what is “ransomeware?” As the name suggests, the virus in effect holds the infected computer hostage and demands that the victim pay a ransom in order to regain access to the files on his or her computer. WannaCry works by encrypting most or even all of the files on a user’s computer. Then, the software demands that a ransom be paid in order to have the files decrypted. In the case of WannaCry specifically, the software demands that the victim pay a ransom of $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection. If the user doesn’t pay the ransom without three days, the amount doubles to $600. After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be lost.

What can you do to stop it? I am glad you asked. First of all, update your computer. See the screenshot above? This the Windows Update page. Go now and check if you have any updates that you have not installed. Secondly, do not click any suspicious links in emails and the like. That is probably how that viral trojan affected those computers. Thirdly, be safe. Learn how to harden your computer to resist those intrusions and invest in a good antivirus and anti-malware program like MalwareBytes. Fourthly, backup your computer and now! Save your files!

Be careful out there people.

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