Ransomeware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Recently some one launched online and it affected millions of computers . WannaCry ransomware is the name of the malware , that encrypts files . They are demanding money for unlocking files .
What is WannaCry :
WannaCry, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry, is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore.
Ransomware is a program that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom. (source : times of INDIA )
Where it began ?
British based cyber researcher Chris Doman of AlienVault said the ransomware” , looks to be targeting a wide range of countries “, with initial evidence of infections in at least two dozen nations according to experts from three security firms.
The broad based ransomware attack has appeared in at least eight Asian nations , a dozen countries in Europe, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and Argentina and appears to be sweeping around the globe, researchers said.
It affected India too . WannaCry Ransomware hits kerala’s Wayanad’s panchayat office as well as it affected computers of WB .
Why you should worry ?
You should worry , if your files are important to you , if you are a government worker or you have very important data on your computer or laptop .
WannaCry Ransomeware malware encrypts the file and demands money ( bitcoin ) . After payment , they will unlock your file . It threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made.
It says , if payment made , it will decrypt , but there is no guarantee that , it will unlock .
Be careful while you surf the INTERNET .