Follow these steps if you don’t WannaCry
What is WannaCry?
WannaCry is a type of virus that infect computers, and then prevent the user from accessing the operating system, or encrypts all the data stored on the computer. In order to decrypt the files and regain access, WannaCry demands that $300 in bitcoins be paid to an anonymous account. This amount increased as same as that of Bank Interest. After 3 days, the $300 ransom increases to $600. After 7 days without payment, the computer’s contents are deleted.
Effects in India
The Reserve Bank of India has asked all banks to put in place a software update at ATMs to protect their systems from a malware that has attacked payment systems across the world. There is a total of 2.25 lakh ATMs in the country of which 60% run on the outdated Windows XP version operating system, as per the report by Reserve Bank of India. Microsoft said that it has released a special update of the software. However, ATM operators have denied. They say that the principal motive of this ransomware was only to lock important information in networks and stop customer access to them. In a separate malware attack last year, 3.2 lakh debit card were compromised in the country. According to reports Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are highly vulnerable to such malware attacks as they presently run on old version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, making a software security patch update a necessary exercise.
Who is at risk?
WannaCry ransomware is targeting three versions of Windows in particular:
- Windows 8
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003
~WannaCry Ransomware Guidelines to stay safe~
- Use anti-virus and Always make have the last update.
- Make sure your windows have the last update close the gap.
- Be careful to click on harmful links in your emails.
- Be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites.
- Never click on a link that you do not trust on a web page or access to Facebook or messaging applications such as Whatsapp and other applications.
- If you receive a message from your friend with a link, ask him before opening the link to confirm, (infected machines send random messages with links).
- Keep your files backed up regularly and periodically.
- Be aware of fraudulent e-mail messages that use names similar to popular services such as PayPal instead of PayPal or use popular service names without commas or excessive characters.
~ Wanna Cry Ransomware Guidelines~
- Make a recovery disk!
- If your computer gets infected take it off of your network immediately!
Report it, this helps log the progression of the ransomware
What should I do if I’m at risk?
Once you’ve reminded yourself how to compute responsibly, it’s time to ensure you’ve downloaded and installed the latest security patches available for Windows 8, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. Here are the links you’ll need:
- Windows 8 x86
- Windows 8 x64
- Windows XP SP2 x64
- Windows XP SP3 x86
- Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86
- Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64
- Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86
Microsoft’s related security bulletin is right here, but you probably don’t even need to bother reading it. Just update. Now.
Is there anything else I can do?
You should download and install a good ransomware blocker. check out Avast, Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, and Cybereason Ransom free.
~What if I’m already infected?~
Sadly, your only options are to pay the ransom or to try Bleeping Computer’s guide to removing WannaCry from your system, though we cannot confirm at this time whether or not it works.
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