There are reports of disruptions from around the world regarding computers at hospitals, schools and businesses. Omaha technology expert Thor Schrock says it is called the “WannaCry” ransomware, huge cyber attack that is impacting hundreds-of-thousands of victims in about 150 countries.
Schrock says this is typically sent by email and people click on an infected attachment. Then it starts encrypting all its files and worms its way through the entire office and infects all computers and servers.
Schrock says, “It encrypts everything on your hard drive so you have to pay a ransom to get the decryption key otherwise it will delete all your files after so many days. It is a total worldwide ransomware scam.”
There are some things businesses and individuals can do to protect their computer from this damaging virus. Schrock says Microsoft put out a patch last week and asked users to reboot. Many people ignored the reboot recommendation leaving their computer vulnerable. He says always make sure you are running the latest Windows update and the latest software is installed. Make sure your anti-virus and malware protection is up to date and run a scan. Never open email attachments from people you don’t know and back up all important information.
Schrock says there were two copycat viruses emerged overnight. He says fortunately for us they didn’t install the virus correctly otherwise there would have been many other computer users waking up with problems this morning.