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A ransomeware is a computer virus(malicious software) that infects a computer and restricts users access to the infected computer until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

The latest ransomeware sweeping all over IT, computer infrastructure across Uk, UK national health service, spain, europe, canada, europe, US, is code named “WannaCry” or “Wanna Decryptor” and this virus took advantage of vulnerabilities on microsoft windows systems.

Avast Threat Lab noticed the attack which also named it “WanaCrypt0r 2.0”, with more than 36000 detections so far.

How does WannaDecryptor or WanaCryptor strike or work

It cease the computer system and deny access to any users. It then demand a bitcoin cryptocurrency payment of 300$ bitcoin on the affected computer screen before it unlocks the system back to the user.

Where the effects of WanaCryptor ransomeware are currently reported

UK hospitals especially public hospitals are currently diverting ambulances to nearby hospitals as X-rays, health equipments are distrupted by this ransomeware. Also, France, Germany, USA, Australia has reported distruptions in its IT infrastructures and computers.

Microsoft released patch to wanacryptor access to its infrastructure

Microsoft patched all of its currently supported systems to fix the flaw that caused the strike of Wanacrypt0r, cryptor ransomeware which includes Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003.

Where to download Microsoft Security Patch to fight WanaCrypt0r ransomeware

Click here to download Microsoft Patch security update to combat wanacryptor cyber attack.

This event serve as a global wake-up call for more attention to be paid to IT, ICT, computer security.

 

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