Your Guide To Tackle The Ransomware Threat “WannaCry”

Your Guide To Tackle The Ransomware Threat “WannaCry”

On May 12th, 2017, the world was hit by a cyber-attack that caused chaos and panic among organizations and people alike. So far, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected, with victims including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies and warehouses.

WannaCry, Wanna Decryptor, WannaCrypt – whatever it’s referred to as, is by and large the same bitcoin-demanding beast. In this article, we explain everything we know about the ransomware that has been raking havoc globally and how you can safeguard yourself against this threat.

 

WHAT IS WannaCry RANSOMWARE?

WannaCry is an encryption-based ransomware that encrypts files on a system with AES and RSA ciphers. This means the hackers can directly decrypt the files on an infected system using a unique decryption key.

Once WannaCry ransomware infects a system it creates encrypted copies of specific file types before deleting the originals. The victims are then left with encrypted copies, which can’t be accessed without a decryption key. Additionally they increase the ransom amount, and threaten loss of data over time, creating a sense of urgency, greatly improving their chances of getting paid by the victims. Read more

Cloud as a Primary Storage – more than just Data Backup!

Cloud can be used for more than just dumping the data or keeping data backup. Because of its flexibility and scalability, it allows interactive access to first copy data. But, to do so, admins need to understand the requirements of their workloads and learn how they can modify their applications to take advantage of Cloud Storage.

When Cloud is used as a sole storage area, admins don’t need to invest in on-site data centers. The data is created, stored and archived in the Cloud which means lesser resource consumptions for power, cooling and floor space and improved efficiency.

 

Here are the top 3 Cloud use cases for Primary Storage:

 

Applications which may perform better when stored in Cloud than in Physical Data centers – These applications usually create their own data sets with the help of various sensors placed on the devices connected to the internet like security cameras, audio systems, etc. This kind of data is processed in the Cloud and thus it makes more sense to store the data in the Cloud itself as and when it is created instead of moving it later.

This use case works not only on the sensor data but also in situations where the application is executed on-premises but the database is stored in the Cloud like in Banks. This helps the users to retrieve the data without much delay.
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How to tackle the Ransomware threat – “WANNACRY”

Due to a massive increase in the Cyber Threats like “RANSOMWARE“ & “RANSOM-DDOS“, we would request you to be cautious while browsing the internet for the next two to three days and avoid opening unwanted links. A global ransomware threat is affecting Windows systems, and this has brought down computer systems in nearly 74 countries around the world.  Once affected, data recovery from the infected system is almost impossible.

 

Countries with the HIGHEST number of users attacked with Ransomware.

India tops the list of affected countries by Ransomware threat

 

According to anti-virus provider Kaspersky, there were at least 45,000 attacks in 74 countries, Reuters reported. The numbers were an initial estimate and were expected to go up.

India was among the three countries worst affected by the attack, however, there was no immediate information on which companies in India were affected by this cyber attack. Read more