On Friday, May 12, 2017, hackers launched the WannaCry (WannaCrypt) ransomware that has infected over 200,000 Windows users. The global cyberattack has already reached 150 countries.
If infected, a device will lock up and display a message demanding $300 via Bitcoin — an online currency — to restore the encrypted files. The ransom would increase over time; if left unpaid the victim’s files would be locked indefinitely.
This ransomware attack has mostly affected business networks via a security flaw in the Windows operating system. Victims using computers with outdated security patches and targeted in phishing campaigns are especially at risk. Continue reading