The WannaCry Ransomware has wrecked havoc across the world since Friday and enterprises and government agencies 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.
India’s respective agency – CERT-In – or Computer Emergency Response Team of India, has also sent out alerts to the internet users in the country against the WannaCry Ransomware. Besides, the CERT-Inn is also conducting a webcast on the same today to create awareness among the internet users.
The webcast on the topic “Prevention of WannaCry Ransomware Threat – session by CERT-In” will be broadcast on 15th May 2017 at 11 AM. You can watch it here.
“It has been reported that a new ransomware named as “Wannacry” is spreading widely. Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by exploiting vulnerable Windows Systems. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued advisory regarding prevention of this threat,” CERT-In said.
“In view of high damage potential of the ransomware a webcast has been arranged to create awareness among users/organisations,” it added.
What Is WannaCry Ransomware
WannaCry is a crypto-ransomware that aims at attacking internet-enabled computers and ceases use of the affected coputers by the intended users. In return the virus wants some kind of ransom to be paid to it if the user wannts access of the computer system. The computer system could be the PCs or laptops at workplaces, ATM machines, internet enabled PoS machines and similar such machines. 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.