Wanna Cry is a ransomware strain that spreads via spam or phishing emails. It also spreads via downloads, infecting any node thus penetrating the network. The infection methods are also very imaginative with many ways that your computer can get infected. Once the ransomware gets access into your computer network, it locks all your files that can be accessed using strong encryption. The malware then demands a ransom to free your files, preferably in bitcoins to decrypt your files and handover the system back to you in fully operational mode.
Ransomware or Cryptoware is the most common malware to hit the Indian IT shores. Wannacry is quite common now and most of the businesses face threats from Wannacry, particularly healthcare sector that has been the most hit.
Cyber cheats are arming themselves with more threatening methods of attacks, focusing on big companies where more money is stashed to script a steal.
Another possibility exists that you are completely locked out of your system and as you wander your eyes across the office, most of your colleagues are experiencing the same problem. The employees are wondering what’s going on and in the middle of this deadlock, you see a message on your computer screen, confirming your worst fears. You’ve been infected with ransomware.
You are not without company. Businesses have been infected with ransomware across the business spectrum. So you are not alone. One every 2 minutes in Q1 to one every 40 secs in 2018 speaks of the volume of companies affected by this strain. The frightening part is the companies affected were running up-to-date endpoint protection. It’s still not over with future very unpredictable thanks to Wannacry that has become nastier penetrating businesses, one in every 14 seconds in 2019.
The steps to neutralize a ransomware attack such as WannaCry and to get on to a path of disaster recovery includes:
1. Prevent the infection from spreading by isolating all infected computers, from each other, storage and network.
2. Determine from messages on the computer, emails and identification tools which malware strain you are faced with.
3. Report to higher-ups to support, coordinate and mount an attack against the subversive attack.
4. Deploy one among many options which suits your system and resist the aftermath of the attack.
5. Use safe backups, program and software sources to restore your computer to a new platform.
6. Plan ahead to prevent the deadly strain from infecting the computers again.
The rate and speed of ransomware discovery is basic in fighting rapidly moving assaults before they prevail with regards to spreading malware over systems and encoding essential information.
The primary activity when a PC is associated with being contaminated is to segregate it from different PCs and storage networks. Detach it from the system (both wired and Wi-Fi) and from any external gadgets. Cryptoworms effectively pan out searching linkages to different PCs, so you need to avoid that occurrence. You additionally don’t need the ransomware relaying over the system with its command and control center.
This is to comprehend that the ransomware may have entered your company or home through numerous PCs, or might be dormant and not yet shown itself on certain frameworks. Treat all networked and organized PCs with doubt and apply measures to guarantee that all frameworks are not embittered.