What the Tech? Protect yourself from Ransomware

  • What the Tech? Protect yourself from Ransomware

What the Tech? Protect yourself from Ransomware

This type of attack is the most frustrating one because it puts your data in jeopardy; and data means everything in today's world. The huge cyber-breached event, which kicked off on Friday, spread like never before and affected millions of computers and computerised data in over 150 countries.

Microsoft had patched the vulnerability exploited in WannaCry attacks with the March 2017 Patch Tuesday cycle, so all systems running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 were already secure when the WannaCry ransomware dropped bombs on unsuspecting systems last week.

The devastation was so serious it can seem in the plans of these hackers, as there are hundreds of computer systems were attacked and it got infected by ransomware cyber-attack.

Messages are often created to mimic a known service or authority, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suggesting the user has broken a law for which they must pay a fine. It is common for criminals to ask for a fee between 0.3 and 1 Bitcoins (£400 - 1,375). This has also led to speculations about these entities deliberately trying to hide the impacts of the attack. I say this not only because it's smart to protect yourself, but because it's beneficial to others if everyone is protected. In fact enterprises may face legal claims if they failed to come through on their end of services because of the ransomware attack.

Another option is an external hard drive but, once you backup your files, unplug It from your PC so that if an attack encrypts your files, it won't encrypt those on the backup disc.

Businesses often save copies of their data to external servers that won't be affected if their main network is attacked.

China Daily said that National Security Agency of US should carry some responsibility for the attack which marks susceptibilities in Microsoft Corp systems and has septic about 30,000 Chinese officialdoms till Saturday. Speaking about the same, Dinesh Yadav, Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation, Noida told Indian Express, "WannaCry encrypts core system files and the operating system stops functioning". It also released a security patch for Windows XP.

This ransomware relies on users and organisations not backing up important data, whether it's files with personal value, critical financial reports or sensitive information.

He also bemoaned the sluggishness of the NSA's response to the attack, suggesting that the effect of WannaCry could've been minimised if it had given Microsoft more time to issue updates. It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available.