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How to keep your PC safe from the WannaCry attacks

Cyber Attack How to keep your PC safe from the WannaCry attacks
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 11:26

The ransomware has some indications that it was not at the level of sophistication one would expect from nation-state-sponsored hackers such as we see in Russian Federation or China.

First up, let's define ransomware. But that's also a warning call for you to look at upgrading your computer - which probably isn't good news at planting time or with corn under $4, but your farm data is important and should be protected.

What exactly does WannaCry do?

The story got much more infuriating when experts figured out that the computer worm was a slightly modified version of an exploit built by the NSA - one stolen by the "Shadow Brokers" and leaked over the internet. "At the same time, there needs to be a level of discourse that says, 'You need to pay real attention to this, and there is a role for you as an average citizen for you to play in securing the systems, '" Burley said. On Tuesday, the ransom doubled from $300 to $600, and the tally of WannaCry victims had reached more than 374,000 computers.

Widespread disruptions were reported today throughout Asia.

Smith's statement comes as businesses, hospitals and regular consumers have fallen victims to a huge ransomware attack as hackers exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft's operating system.

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The term ransomware refers to malicious software that infects or locks a computer, preventing access to files. It also installs a text file on the user's desktop with a ransom note. WannaCry activates on its own.

Acomputer malware created to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid - dubbed "WannaCry" - -which has of late attacked hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in an estimated 150 countries could well hit India on a larger scale than now though it is at present reportedly confined to about 100 computers of the Andhra police.

The massive hack - bringing business to a screeching halt for companies around the globe late Friday. And it's possible the attackers behind WannaCry are already working on a new version without a kill switch. He admits to have accidentally stopped the infection by registering a domain name (9iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com) that he found in WannaCry's code, without knowing what its effect would be.

How To Protect Yourself From WannaCry Ransomware? The ransomware affected organizations using Windows XP, an unsupported, outdated operating system.

According to reports, when the WannaCry ransomware started spreading, many infected devices were running "end-of-life" versions of Windows, including Windows XP. Hackers will sometimes encourage you to keep your computer on and linked to the network, but don't be fooled. Hopefully affected users have backups of their data available, because the only other option right now is to follow the instructions offered in the software to pay the ransom.

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