The WannaCry Ransomware Prowling Nations
One dangerous PC malware, which starting May 12 has been proliferating worldwide, of late attacked companies, universities and even government departments within over 100 nations. The malware a ransomware called WannaCryptor 2.0 also known as WannaCry proliferates exploiting vulnerability within not so recent Microsoft Windows computers that was publicly disclosed at the time cyber tools and files from National Security Agency of USA got exposed online.
WannaCry has been so much in negative discussion that one can barely find a direct response regarding its function as also what way may exist for remedying it. Luckily, Troy Hunt, Microsoft security MVP based in Gold Coast managed to tell something about the situation to people who were unawares.
Too many users of pirated software can be found in India a well so cyber-criminals easily target the country. Until now WannaCry has struck some 150 nations, while several governments have issued warnings for protecting data saved on motherboards. More than 200K PCs have been swayed with this malware. Moneycontrol.com posted this, May 15, 2017.
WannaCry's onslaught impacted several entities, including 4 manufacturing firms, Andhra Pradesh police computer, a multinational in India, a few retailers, an automaker's facility in Chennai, and two banks.
The most to be affected is United Kingdom's National Health Service that had to forcibly stop surgeries and treatments. Reports state Telefonica a prominent telephone company of Spain, Deutche Bahn the biggest transport firm of Germany, along with Chinese universities came under serious impact. Infections are also reported from South Korea, Indonesia and Japan. About 1,000 PCs in the Interior Ministry of Russia have been reported tainted, states The Guardian.
A number of cyber-security companies consider the WannaCry onslaught the greatest online assault within more than a decade following the Conficker worm infection on innumerable PCs. The 'Shadow Brokers' group of hackers employs the ransomware for acquiring unauthorized admission into computer owners' data-files as well as lock their access to the owners, guaranteeing to unlock solely when a $300 ransom payment is made in Bitcoins.
India has bitcoin users numbering approximately 50,000. The digital currency has become increasingly popular as a payment mode.
» SPAMfighter News - 5/17/2017
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