Protect yourself and your computer from WannaCry Ransomware

Protect yourself and your computer from WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry or WannaCrypt is a ransomware, a malicious computer virus program also called a cryptovirus targeting Microsoft Windows. Wana_Decrypt0r_screenshot A ransomware is a new form of malicious software that carries out an encryption of your operating system files and all hard drive files then locking the computer from normal usage with a payment message.

This affectively holds your computer to ransom till a payment is made usually via bitcoin. The encryption is done using a cryptoviral attack using cryptovirology  techniques that blocks access to data until a ransom amount is paid in bitcoin.

The most recent attack on Friday, 12 May 2017, was a large cyber-attack using WannaCry ransomware, which resulted in infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, in 28 laguages, demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency  bitcoin. The attack spreads by multiple methods including phishing emails and on unpatched systems as a computer worm. The attack has been described by Europol as unprecedented in scale.

Click here for more information from WordDefence and how to protect your computer. The best method is to have an up-to-date antivirus and firewall. The antivirus developers are actively now updating their virus signature scanners, so update your virus guard. You may also need to update your Microsoft Windows with secuirty patches available from Microsoft.