The WannaCry Ransomware has wrecked havoc across the world since last Friday and enterprises and government agencies are on their toes since last three days to minimize the impact. Besides, they are going all the way to take steps not to repeat the attack in their organisations.
Though the attack was real, and one of the biggest in recent times, some fraudulent social media posts and WhastApp messages are creating more panic among less-aware users than it deserves. The hoax messages range from not to use shopping sites, online banking to using ATMs as possible traps of the ransomware.
More than the actual attack of the WannaCry Ransomware, which held to ransom millions of computers and businesses worldwide demanding ransom to be paid in bitcoins worth $300 to unlock the data, it is the hoax creating more panic among users.
We bring you some of these hoax messages and also offer you the facts around it. eScan research team unravels the truth behind these hoax messages to bring you the truth behind the messages.
Here are some of the clarifications to ensure you do not fall prey to these texts:
- Message : RBI orders Shutdown of ATMs until they are patched and safe.
Fact : RBI has issued clarification that they haven’t issued such orders.
- Message : Avoid using ATMs and Do not do any online transaction
Fact : Any computer system infected with Ransomware would display the message that it has been infected.
- Message : Don’t do any online transaction. Don’t open any Shopping cart.
Fact : Webserver infected with Ransomware would simply be not able to serve the pages. Shopping carts do not store Ransomware. However, while browsing and downloading software make sure that these executable are scanned by an antivirus.
- Message : Except Africa all countries IT companies are hacked.
Fact: No explanations required cause its 100% fake news. Such events when IT organizations get hacked are published all over the internet, TV channels etc. These news pieces aren’t just limited to your limited group of friends.
- Message : Dance of the Hillary video
Fact : There is no such video existing
- Message : Power off smart TVs, tablets, and every other smart device.
Turn off Bluetooth, WiFi, tethering (also known as Hotspot) on your mobile phones.
Switch off your servers (or any other computers that you may leave on 24×7.
Disconnect LAN (network, CAT6, CAT5) cable plugging computers or laptops in the network. If it is a laptop, it may have a physical slide switch or button press to switch off WiFi card inside the laptop – Switch That Off. if possible, wait for news from eastern world
Fact : This simply means that we should lead the life of an ascetic.
So far the ransomware has affected more than 50,000 computers across 75 countries including India. The attack was so damaging that in UK it had affected the National Health Services of the country and has stalled critical health care services like surgeries and emergency attention.
The WannaCry ransomware affects the computer systems and asks the user to pay a ransom of $300 in Bitcoins to restore access to the systems or its data.