Look back at the ransomware virus that shook the world only seven years ago, and the lessons we can learn to boost our cybersecurity.
In May 2017 a dangerous ransomware took the world by storm. Its name was “WannaCry”. This malicious software infected hundreds of thousands of computers across more than 150 countries, causing widespread disruption and financial losses.
The WannaCry attack served as a wake-up call, highlighting the importance of basic cybersecurity knowledge as it encrypted millions of data, and demanded payment in bitcoin. Seven years later, what can we learn from this attack?
What is the WannaCry Virus?
What Happened After WannaCry?
What Lessons Can We Learn?
Though seven years has passed since the WannaCry attack, it doesn’t mean that a similar and possibly stronger ransomware could infect thousands of devices again at any time.
Here are 4 simple yet effective things you can do to make sure you don’t become a victim of any type of malware
1. Never Click on Suspicious Links:
WannaCry widely spread through phishing links—malicious links that install viruses once clicked—during a time when phishing was not yet seen as a large threat. Make sure to not click on any link that you may receive through a random text or email to avoid accidentally downloading malware.
2. Regularly Update Your System:
WannaCry affected devices running old, outdated Windows operating systems which made it easier for the malware to spread quickly. To fight back against a repeat attack, always update your system to make sure it has the latest security measures and
ward off malware.
3. Limit Network Access to Authorized Individuals:
Leaving your network unguarded by setting it as a public Wi-Fi makes you vulnerable to hackers anywhere. Check your network settings to make sure it is secured and can only be accessed by those you trust.
4. Stay Up to Date with the Latest Cybersecurity News:
When WannaCry caused organizations around the world to come to a complete stop, most people have never even heard of ransomware or basic cybersecurity training. Research on the latest in cybersecurity to know which threats could attack your device and how to fight back.
Fight against any future malware attack by knowing how malware works and the ways you can stop it from entering your device. Microgenesis is your go-to source for cybersecurity news, tips, and guides to safeguard your online presence today.