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WannaCrypt Ransomware Outbreak: What We Learned

WannaCrypt Ransomware Outbreak: What We Learned

In May, a massive worldwide ransomware incident involving a "worm" called "WannaCrypt" or “WannaCry” infected more than 230,000 Windows computers in over 150 countries. After infecting the computers, the hackers behind the worm exploited users, asking them to pay large sums of money or else their data would be erased. The worm was powerful and quite different than a typical virus in that no action was required by a user to become infected. It targeted Windows-based computers that were not running updated software.

What have we learned? This ransomware attack exemplified the importance of performing regular data backups, and installing Windows Updates frequently to make sure your software is completely up to date. It is extremely important to back up your data in several different locations, in both cloud servers and on physical hard drives. Popular cloud-based backup services include CrashPlan, Mozy, and Carbonite and have free and subscription options. Additionally, external Hard Drives of varying storage sizes can be purchased from most major electronic stores.

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