Parsing the tech and national security concerns behind the WannaCry ransomware attacks

Isaac Cain
May 20, 2017

WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor ransomware seems to have used a vulnerability in Microsoft's software. So even people with older computers should go update them.

The user is notified that their computer is locked down and instructed to pay a ransom to regain control of their files. BGR reports that the demand is $300 at the time of infection.

The WannaCry ransomware is just another reminder of the key role that cybersecurity plays in a modern business landscape.

Despite downplaying of ransomware WannaCry's impact by the Centre; IT experts have cautioned users that the number of effected organisations is expected to rise rapidly.

Over the weekend, a cyberattack left PCs running on Microsoft Windows servers vulnerable to a hack.

Following the detection of the WannaCry attack on Friday, "researchers at Proofpoint discovered a new attack linked to WannaCry called Adylkuzz", said Nicolas Godier, a researcher at the computer security firm.

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For those running Windows 10 or Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems, which has automatic updates turned on, you'll remain protected from WannaCry.

The China Daily said Wednesday that the U.S.'s National Security Agency should take some of the blame for last week's WannaCry ransomware attack, which targeted vulnerabilities in Microsoft systems and affected 30,000 Chinese organizations alone. Back up your data on an offline hard drive. 4. Use a reputable security software to prevent attacks in the future.

"It's very important everyone understands that all they (the hackers) need to do is change some code and start again". A 22-year old security researcher in the United Kingdom discovered a "kill-switch" to initially stop the spread of the attack. He added it was a helpful thing that the company had set up a patch capable of stopping the attack.

While you may have already read about WannaCrypt, popularly dubbed as WannaCry, ransomware, and Microsoft's response to the same, here's the story in short before we get to identifying who's at fault.

Security experts are advising victims to wait before paying the ransom. As previously mentioned, this attack is particularly risky because it's also a worm, which means that once it gets into a computer it starts connecting to other systems to spread as much as possible.

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