Heard of this infamous ransomware anywhere? If not, now you know it. WannaCry Ransomware infects computers wit its malware and locks down sensitive data files. In return, the malicious group asks ransom, mostly in cryptocurrencies as Bitcoins to get the decryption key. The group’s attacks are so vigorous that, it’s now ranked as the most common ransomware of the year 2019.
The Infamous Record
WannaCry was in existence since a long time, but it gained attention in 2017 end, where the malware-infected computer systems of hospitals, banks, automobile, energy industry etc across several nations for days and created enough havoc in the world. The malware is targeted to infect Windows OS based systems, with infecting several hundreds of thousands of computers and lured over $4 billion in ransom till date.
A recent report from an antivirus firm, precise security tells, WannaCry has a share of near 24% of total ransomware attacks happened in 2019, making it the most common malware of last year. Though few malware of such would simple encrypt the system and leave, they’re breakable and bought to the line for average CyberSecurity people. But WannaCry is a tough one to crack, resulting in infecting over 230,000 computers all over as per estimates.
Mostly Infecting Through Emails
A phishingHeard of this infamous ransomware anywhere? If not, now you know it. WannaCry Ransomware infects computers wit its malware and locks down sensitive data files. the attack is the most common technique used by WannaCry and others of this family to infect computers.
The attackers would generally craft an urging email to their victims and send for their response. And if the victim acted on it by clicking on suspicious links or replying to them, it’s done. The intended virus shall rapidly spread systems and encrypt all the files, and if possible, the whole network sometimes!
Though Microsoft released patches for this ransomware attack a long back, customers ignorance for updating their systems is still a roadblock, eventually leading them to get hacked.