Ransomware virus, also known as Wannacry, is often transmitted through emails and pop-ups. It’s capable of infecting and encrypting all files on a system or any smart device until a ransom is paid, which means an amount is paid for a decryption key.
The ransomware hackers have succeeded in infecting over 300,000 computers over the weekend and made $60,000 in ransom payment.
They use anonymous bitcoin wallet to collect the payments.
How to Prevent Ransomware Virus A.K.A Wannacry
- Update your Software to the latest Microsoft Patch. Android and other platforms should do the same.
- Don’t open email attachments/links from unknown sources.
- Do not click pop-ups and applets on unknown websites and installing effective antivirus software for their mobile devices.
- Create a backup of all your data.
Furthermore, the NCC said it has taken the following proactive measures in fulfilling its statutory mandate:
“The Commission has advised Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to initiate regular assessment and audit of their cybersecurity readiness. All operators should continue to ensure that their backup/ disaster recovery strategies are in place and up to date; The Commission has further advised all operators to ensure continued deployment of effective firewalls, login passwords and antivirus management regime; The Commission is working towards creating a link with the Cybersecurity Alert System on its website so that current information on global cyber threats/incidents could be immediately communicated to stakeholders and will continue to provide more cybersecurity training for its staff.”
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