Recently the cyber attack WannaCry ransomware is growing over the world very faster. In the last days, more than 200000 businesses and users in 150 countries have been attacked. This is getting very serious and a lot of companies are worried to not lose their data. What’s more, organizations are the ones in a real danger because the hackers know they will get money by attacking them. But it doesn’t mean that any user is not vulnerable, you must protect yourself from the viral virus wannaCry ransomware following my instructions in this post.

What is the WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry, also called WannaCrypt is a ransomware program that restricts access to certain parts or files of the infected system and asks for a ransom in exchange for removing this restriction about (500$-1500$).

This virus was developed by the team  The Shadow Brokers on 14 April 2017, along with other tools.

It appears they have used a flaw in Microsoft’s software, discovered by the National Security Agency and leaked by hackers. This means the only vulnerable users and companies are the ones who use the Windows Operating System.

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Screenshot of the wannaCry ransomware program.

How to protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware?

1. The authorities in the United States USA and United Kingdom UK say:

Ransomware attacks like WannaCry can be avoided by keeping software and anti-virus programs up to date, authorities said.

This is actually very important because windows recently released an update fixing that flaw we talked about, so update windows to its latest version

2. Backup all your important files, get yourself an external hard drive with considerable space and save your files.

3. Check if you have an Antivirus software installed if you do make sure it’s up to date and make a complete Scan.

4. Be suspicious all the time, recheck your incoming and outgoing emails, the applications you install, etc…

What to do if you are already Hacked?

The Cybersecurity firms warned people not to pay the bitcoin ransom. Basically, because they will never see their files again when they have been encrypted and the decryption process is very complex and hard. And actually, there is no evidence the hackers will give back the files.

If you are a big company I recommend you to contact a Security IT services.