Security researchers say they encounter "ransomware" every day: malicious software that hijacks your computer and scrambles your files, demanding money to get them back. The software is WannaCry ransomware which took over the machines of more than 150 countries including India.
A former head of Britain's communications agency GCHQ has come out fighting following assertions by Microsoft that it was not wholly to blame for a widespread cyber attack which disrupted much of the NHS over the weekend. The software held the victims' computers hostage and threatened to delete their files unless they paid $300.
Ransomware, according to the website NoMoreRansom.org, is malware that "locks your computer and mobile devices or encrypts your electronic files".
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First, disconnect your computer from the internet to prevent additional infections.
"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".
An exploit discovered and built upon by the USA's National Security Agency called EternalBlue was leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers earlier this year. An investigation is on-going regarding how the codes got out. You can and should download and install a good ransomware blocker. "We are in the second wave", said Matthieu Suiche of Comae Technologies. When his website started getting hits from the malicious software, MalwareTech told ABC News he anxious he'd triggered the program to do something very bad. "We can surely expect more".
Its initial goal by the NSA was to gain access to computers used by terrorists and enemy states, but unfortunately, the hackers behind the cyber attack saw this as an opportunity for misuse. Russian Federation and Britain were among the worst-hit countries by the attack. It has been reported that a new ransomware "WannaCry" is spreading widely, RBI advisory to the banks said.