How to be protected from WannaCrypt?
WannaCrypt, the ransom software that infected the world, quickly affected more than 200,000 users in 150 countries. What is WannaCrypt? How to recognize it and what to do?
Ransom software is not really new in our lives. This situation, which many users have suffered in the past, is spreading rapidly with WannaCrypt in a short period of time. On May 12, according to the description of the cyber security company Avast, in the first place, the virus infected 75 thousand people in 99 countries and took the hostages. The number is now 200 and continues to increase. Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan are spreading rapidly among the virus users who are leaping to Europe. It is said that this attack, which not only attacks individual users but also affected more than 10 organizations. Recognized as WannaCrypt or WCry, and found on the Internet with the #WannaCry hashtag, this ransom software is the simplest way of getting all the data on your computer hostage. Once your computer is infected, the software that encrypts all the files is asking for money from you to recover your files. If you do not pay ransom for $ 300 worth Bitcoin, you can not access your files. It is believed that the software that was originally designed to infect the users by exploiting a security vulnerability in Windows XP is able to take about 20 thousand dollars.
Microsoft warns users to regularly update their computers to Windows 10. Windows 10 operating system devices are not affected by the attack, Microsoft Windows Defenders is also receiving updates against the attack. Among the statements made by Microsoft is that WannaCrypt is a ransom software for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and earlier operating systems. WannaCrypt is infecting the device via e-mail. Thanks to a file attached to the e-mail, ransom entering the computer can also switch to other computers on the same LAN. This poses a great danger especially for companies. Because even if you are careful, your computer is automatically affected if such a virus is infected to your co-worker’s computer. Then all the files on your computer are encrypted and you are given a certain amount of time to pay the required fee. If you do not make the desired payment within the time given as bitcoin you lose your data. It also tells you what you need to do to save your life with a warning message in 28 different languages.
The way to protect from this ransom software written for Windows devices is to upgrade the device to Windows 10 now, to make updates regularly, and not to open any e-mails you are not sure about.