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WannaCry, the biggest ransomware attack in internet history: Know how to protect yourself


What nonsense is ransomware?

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  1. Prevent you from accessing your Operation System
  2. Encrypt files so you can’t use them.
  3. Stop certain programs/apps from running

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Screenshot of computer infected by WannaCrypt

Should you pay the ransom?

Can I recover my files?

How to protect yourself against Ransomware attacks like WannaCry

This is the most important thing, protecting you or your organization against dangerous ransomware attacks like WannaCry. Here are a few powerful tips to help you stay safe against potentially devastating ransomware attacks;

For home users or personal PCs
  • Update your OS, always
  • Use authentic software programs, including the OS
  • Use a reliable antivirus
  • Always backup your data
  • Avoid visiting unsafe websites (torrent sites, money making scheme sites, porn sites, gossip sites)
  • Do not open emails from complete strangers
  • Avoid following links from people you do not know or trust
For organizations and corporations

Ransomware is usually targeted at this group for a number of reasons including the ease of spread in computer networks and the likelihood of the victims paying the ransom being demanded.

The best solution for organizations is to ensure that all sensitive and confidential information is remotely backed up. There are various Cloud Computing programs that an organization could use to effect backups and avert cyber attacks like the one enacted by the WannaCry Decryptor.

What caused such a massive cyber attack in the first place?

There are quite a handful of culprits to blame for the largest ransomware attack ever. Among them, the United States National Security Agency from which data used to create WannaCry was supposedly stolen. Microsoft is also to blame as the cyber attack exploited a vulnerability in their Windows networking protocol. Even though Microsoft did release a security patch for the vulnerability, it did not quite reach all users hence the massive attack affecting tens of thousands. Lastly, the victims of the attacks are also to blame for not practicing safely on the internet, not updating their software and not seeking necessary knowledge.

Source: bobs tech


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