Wanna Cry Ransom Cyber Attack – How to Protect Your Files?

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On Friday, 12 May 2017 a large cyber-attack called “wanna cry” or “wanna decryptor” has launched, affecting 230.000 computers in 150 countries and demanding ransom payments.

How does it Work?

Well, basically it reaches devices via emails. You receive an email urging you to open a specific attachment, which releases a malware onto your system using “phishing” technique which kidnaps your “multimedia-office-system” files, locks them up, and encrypts them. It disables you from reaching them again, then asking for a ransom in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to release them.

How to protect your files?

  • Run a frequent and regular backup for your data,
  • Make sure that you’re providing a strong protection system for your computer,
  • Use good and effective security solutions,
  • In case they reached you, disconnect your network connection immediately to protect the rest files from getting kidnapped.

OK, I have got affected, should I pay to them to recover my data?

No, this is definitely the worse decision that you may make, as after paying you’re not going to be able to stop them from requiring more money from you. Also, by doing this you’re helping them to keep doing what they’re doing in creating a huge market for cyber criminals.

“wanna cry” the biggest ransom ware offensive in history has affected the National Health Service “NHS” of the united kingdom. So, you need to learn how to protect your files from it.

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