Last few days have not been too good for Online users. People prefer to stay offline, avoid making online transactions and have a fear of system threat. Behind all this, there is a single technical term, “WannaCry Ransomware”. In this post, we shall follow into the details of WannaCry Ransomware attack that is responsible for system threats in over 170 countries. The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017, infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, with the software demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 28 languages.
What is WannaCry Ransomware?
WannaCry is simply a malware that is a type of trojan and is being referred to as ransomware. In WannaCry Ransomware, the virus in effect holds the infected computer hostage. Due to this, the victim is being demanded a ransom in order to reaccess his system. These types of malware attack basically encrypt most of the files on a user’s system. In this recent WannaCry Ransomware attack, the users have been asked to pay $300 as the ransom price to regain access to their computers. If the user is unable to pay that amount within three days, then this ransom amount is simply doubled. It is also claimed that after 7 days, all the data from user’s system gets deleted.
More than 60,000 systems all over the world got infected by this attack. The attack is not yet over still, it has been slowed down. Marcus Hutchins a 22-year-old security researcher slowed the spread of the WannaCry virus. He basically did this by registering a domain name hidden within the virus’ code in an attempt to track the spread of WannaCry, unintentionally stopping its progress in the process.
What To Do Now?
The attack is still imposing a great threat and to prevent this from happening to you, you need to update security features of your system. Windows users are among the top victims of this attack. So, to avoid this please do install all security updates on your system.
If your system is already attacked, then unfortunately presently there is no security measures to regain access to your system. In that case, you must pay the ransom amount if you have extremely sensitive and important data on your system. Also, those unaffected till date are advised to maintain a backup of all the files present on the system.
This is by far the biggest cyber threat of 2017 and has caused a panic among online users. Security experts and government agencies are still looking for a solution to fix this out.