What You Need to Know about the WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt Ransomware

A ransomware known as the “WannaCry / Wcry / WannaCrypt ” attacked the online world on May 12,2017 (Friday). This global cyber attack has affected 200 organisations in 150 countries in the world including the highly developed ones.

In fact, in the UK, the major assault hit 47 NHS trusts, leading to the cancellation of their operations and causing patients to have turned away from A&E.

What is the WannaCry Ransomware?
This ransomware searches for and encrypts 176 different file types and appends .WCRY to the end of the file name. It then asks users to pay a US$300 ransom in bitcoins, and threatens to have the amount doubled after three days. What is worse is that, if the users do not pay after seven days, all their encrypted files will be deleted. This is the most common ploy that hackers use to make computer owners make an immediate move in getting back all their encrypted files which would mean money for the hackers.
This “WannaCry” ransomware appears to have used a flaw in Microsoft’s software, that was discovered by the National Security Agency and was unfortunately leaked by hackers for it to spread rapidly across networks locking away files.

Can You Still Recover Your Encrypted Files or Pay the Ransom?

A ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.
All victims of this ransomware attack have only one thing in mind and that is to recover all their encrypted files, but they also think about the assurance of getting those files back if they decide to give a ransom.
While it may not be possible yet to recover your infected files at present, you should not also pay any amount to the hackers so as not to reinforce their illegal activities. You may be able to restore your affected files if you have some backup copies.
In some cases, you may also recover your files even without backups. Those files saved on the Desktop, My Documents, or on a removable drive that are encrypted and their original copies are deleted can no longer be recovered, but those files that are stored elsewhere on a computer that are encrypted and the original copies are simply deleted can still be recovered using an undelete tool. While you still have the chance to recover your encrypted files, it is still recommended that you get some protection from the experts. For example at Infinite-IT, we provide you with exceptional it support service. We also offer a free network assessment to prevent “Wanna Cry ransomware.” Check us out now at http://www.8it.com.au/.

 

 



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