Are you aware of the new virus attack known as WannaCry Ransomware? This virus is becoming vulnerable nowadays that holds your computer hostage until you pay a ransom. This virus cannot be ignored and has infected hundreds and thousands of computers on the global level on last Friday. This virus is not a new one that came into existence but was detected in March and publicly reported stolen from the US national security agency.
What is WannaCry Ransomware?
WannaCry is a dangerous virus that can really empty your pockets. It’s very important to know about this virus to keep yourself safe from any type of problematic situations. Basically, WannaCry is ransomware virus whose attack can hold your computer as hostage until and unless the victim meets the demands. One of the other sides, the dangerous threat is that the victims (infected computers) were demanded around $300 bitcoins, nearly equal to $600. In case the payment was not paid or denied then within few days or after a week all the files on the infected computer would be destroyed.
How the WannaCry Ransomware takes action and affects the victim?
It was found that the WannaCry Ransomware once infects a computer, it encrypts all the data through which user is denied accessibility. Then the program brings forward a screen which demands the victim to successfully complete the payment to regain the access. Initially, as the countdown begins, the amount is increased successively. The threat that concerns is that at the end of the countdown, the files are automatically destroyed and cannot be saved.
Who will be affected by this dangerous virus?
It was rumoured that the UK’s health service were the very first major computer systems to be affected by the WannaCry Ransomware. The malware is increasing exponentially and has paralysed the major computer systems in factories, government agencies, banks and even transport systems. The virus is spreading on the global level and has affected over 200,000 victims in 150 countries by Monday (shockingly within 3 days). According to the latest news by FOX, it is confirmed that it has also affected some computer of U.S. based companies and even their European partners over the weekend to patch parties from both the sides.
Also, it has been confirmed that the virus can affect only the computers powered by Microsoft Windows. It reflects that the users with Mac, iPhone or Android are quite on the safe side. Microsoft has released a software updated in March which protects the users from this vulnerability but the problem still persists because many of the users have not yet updated their systems. Microsoft is not sitting still hands but has taken a good step on Friday to release another update for older computer systems equipped with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.
Who is responsible for this virus?
According to the latest report by Symantec (security company) reported that WannaCry Ransomware has alone affected more than one-third to over 483,000 incidents in 2016. It is not confirmed that who is actually running this deadly virus behind the scenes. It has been found that the hack appears to be originated by the NSA who have invented as a potential tool to use it for surveillance and other security related issues. Some company has found out that a group of hackers, known as Shadow Brokers, released a cache of stolen NSA documentation on the internet, including the details if WannaCry Ransomware vulnerability.
How does this Virus Spread?
Researchers after deep analysis have stated that the WannaCry Ransomware is spreading through standard file sharing technology used by Microsoft Windows computers known as SMB or Microsoft Windows Server Message Block.