An Indian Express report says UP police has informed that "WanaCrypt / WannaCry ransomware" can propagate itself once it discovers a vulnerability in the Windows System.
But, in what some have been calling the biggest cyberattack ever, the recent "Wannacry" ransomware apparently seeks out computers containing a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system, which permitted the ransomware to infect approximately 200,000 computers in 150 countries across the globe.
Since increasing numbers of systems running older versions of Windows were affected, Microsoft had made a decision to push an emergency patch for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, urging users to deploy the patch as soon as possible to limit the impact of WannaCry.
WannaCry uses EternalBlue, which takes advantage of a vulnerability in the SMB protocol, to worm its way through local networks and online.
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The company issued a free patch in March that would have protected computers running recent versions of Windows from the malware. How to know if your computer is infected with WannaCry? Prevention is the best way to avoid becoming a ransomware victim.
I have frequently blogged about human resources departments' role in preventing data breaches in their organizations and to date have largely focused on training employees to recognize and respond phishing exploits created to encourage employees to click on email links or attachments that contain malware.
What versions of Windows are affected?
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At this point, there are several ways to stay protected against WannaCry and similar forms of malware, but the most convenient, especially if you're running genuine Windows, is to install the latest updates released by Microsoft.
For a full description of ransomware and how it can be stopped, see here.
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Hundreds of ATMs across India's tech hub remained shut for the second day due to possible virus attack by WannaCry ransomware and cash crunch, said a bank official on Tuesday. But there are a few things that businesses can do to limit the damage it causes. In most cases, the sum of money demanded is relatively small so it might seem easier to just pay the money and if you have backups, just restore your systems with them. Other than that, there are some decryption tools that claim to decrypt the files that the ransomware have locked down.
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