On May 12, one of the worst cyber attacks to date, called the WannaCry attack, began to unfold across the globe, affecting 104 countries, including the U.S., and disabling more than 200,000 computer systems.
They cyber attack paired ransomware that encrypts computers and demands payment, with a worm that enabled it to spread quickly. While ransomware and worms are not new, combining them demonstrates a shift in hacking tactics.
Hardest hit were large enterprises, universities, hospitals, and governments. The WannaCry ransomware infected computers and encrypted all the data stored on their hard drives, essentially rendering them inaccessible. In order to release them, users had to pay a ransom demand ranging between $300 and $600 in Bitcoin.
Those who were hit with the attack were using Microsoft Windows operating systems and had not taken advantage of a free patch upgrading the security of the system, while others were using Windows 7, XP and other older or unsupported versions. In fact, it is reported that 98% of the computers affected were running a version of Windows 7. Although Microsoft later released the patch to everyone, it was too late for those whose computers had been compromised.
The Lessons Learned
Cybercrime remains one of the most significant risks to both companies and individuals today, thanks to our reliance on computers. And it is growing exponentially every year. Protect your computer by:
- Backing up your files to a cloud-based storage system, or your own detachable hard drive; make sure it is detached after the backup is completed
- Regularly updating your operating system and security software
- Changing your password frequently and using complex letters and characters to make it harder to break
- Using personal “hotspot” devices instead of public Wi-Fi
- Installing a computer screen that is impossible to view from any angle, except directly
- Covering the camera on your monitor when you are not using it
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