Dealing with WannaCry ransomware attack, Microsoft and software maintenance will spare no effort to protect users from any evolution of the malware. Apple also urgently releases iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.2 and iOS 10.3.3 beta 1, coming along with multiple new bug fixes as well as security update. Here keep on reading to know more about WannaCry and follow what you need to do to get your computer protected.
The outbreak of WannaCry ransomware attack on last Friday, 12 May, causes a sense of urgency about defending from cyber ransom. The WannaCry aims to attack Microsoft Windows operating system, and it spread fast and widely, including many universities, hospitals, banks, and warehouses. Fortunately, the spread has been slowed down because a kill switch in its code was discovered. But both government and individuals are still at risk.
Part 1: What is WannaCry? Don’t pay!
Part 2: Who is it targeting? Download patch now!
Part 3: How to defend WannaCry? Get protected!
Part 4: How to recover WannaCry deleted files via data recovery tool
In mid-March, 2017, a tool (EternalBlue) detected this vulnerability, and Microsoft provided a patch in the update. However, as to people who did not apply the update in time, they were still open to attack. No urgent update notification was received, causing lots of people are affected in this attack.
Once affected, users will be demanded or request to pay almost $300 to $600 in bitcoin. Otherwise, users will be kept locking out of their computers and files. The malware also leaves the threatening message "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!" that files will be gone for good, forever.
Don’t pay! Never ever trust a hacker and criminal who threaten people for money. Users who pay the demand will get no response. The hacker should not know which computer is paid and let alone unlock it. It not only does not help restore any files, but also provide money for the criminal to prepare another potential attack.
According to the news and report, a more recent Windows version is less vulnerable to WannaCry: such as Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016
(Tips: As far from now, MacOS, ChromeOS or Linux is not infected. If you are running these OSes, no need to be panic.)
If using a more recent version, users should also keep staying up up-to-date on OS update request in order to prevent from being infected. If the Windows update is disabled, please turn it on by yourself. Because the WannaCry keeps changing, and no one can exactly predict when and in what way a possible attack would show up again.
- If you are not infected WannaCry:Apart from staying to the latest update, you should make sure you have installed the patch from Microsoft to fix the flaw. Check your OS and find the matched Windows version patch in: Microsoft ms17-010 patch download page.
If you cannot install the patch, the reason may be that you haven’t tested whether the patch will affect your software build. Go disable Server Message Block 1 (SMB1) network file sharing. If you know how to close firewall port 139, 445 or both, get it done.
In addition, you had better install a ransomware blocker on Computer, such as Malwarebytes, HitmanPro.Alert, Zemana AntiMalware, Cyberason Ransomfree, etc. You can go google search for more detailed information and find out one that matches your demand. Usually, they can protect from malicious websites, exploit, malware, virus, ransomware and more. (For MacOS, ChromeOS or Linux users, it is a good thing to keep up with the recent update even though not using Windows system.)
- If you have already been attacked:Sorry but have to say that if you have already attacked by WannaCry, you can go to your backup, wipe and rebuild your computer. ( You should get your PC patched before putting it online) Go Microsoft website to find more detail in backup and restore Windows data.
If you need to recover data from iPhone, you can try this awesome tool - iPhone Data Recovery. It has the highest recovery ratio in the industry worldwide. Safe process, simple steps, easy to follow user guides. It not only can recover from iPhone directly with no backup, but also can extract specific files from a big size iTunes and iCloud backup.
This attack should be taken as a warning, for weapons in cyberspace can also thread the physical world. Users should aware the importance of backing data. Not only computer files are at risk, but also mobile phone data. There are millions of users storing countless valuable pictures, video, music, contacts, messages, notes, and app data in their smartphones.
For iPhone users, iTunes and iCloud are neither powerful nor safe enough. Here is an awesome and widely-used data manage software - Toolkit iOS Data Backup & Restore - it not only allows users selectively backup and restore data, but also backup and restore all of the files in a few steps, including photos, music, video, contacts, messages, safari history, voicemail, voice memo, and app messages, photos and video in WhatsApp, Lines, Viber, Kik etc. This also supports iPad and iPod device.
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