WannaCry – Ransomware infection

It has been reported that a new ransomware named as WannaCry is spreading widely. WannaCry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementations of server message block (SMB) in Windows systems. This exploit is named as ETERNALBLUE.

A cyber ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid through the online medium.

The ransomware virus also drops a file named ‘!Please Read Me!.txt’ which contains the text explaining what has happened (to the computer) and how to pay the ransom.

Tips To Avoid Infection

Check regularly for for the integrity of the information stored in the databases
Check the contents of backup files of databases for any unauthorised encrypted contents
Do not open attachments in unsolicited emails even if they come from people in your contact list
Never click on a URL contained in an unsolicited email, even if the link seems benign

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