The WannaCry ransomware attack is an ongoing worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm (also known as WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r 2.0, Wanna Decryptor) which targets computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.
The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017 and has been described as unprecedented in scale, infecting more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. The worst-hit countries are reported to be Russia, Ukraine, India and Taiwan, but parts of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) Spain’s Telefónica, FedEx, Deutsche Bahn, and LATAM Airlines were hit along with many others countries & companies worldwide.
A type of virus that infect computers, and then prevent the user from accessing the operating system, or encrypts all the data stored on the computer,
The user asks the ransom to pay a fixed amount of money, as opposed to decrypting files or allowing access again to the operating system.
Wanna Cry Ransomware Guidelines to stay safe :
- Be careful to click on harmful links in your emails.
- Be wary of visiting unsafe or unreliable sites.
- Never click on a link that you do not trust on a web page or access to Facebook or messaging applications such as WatSab and other applications.
- If you receive a message from your friend with a link, ask him before opening the link to confirm, (infected machines send random messages with links).And Please do the following to avoid from these attacks