Good NEWS! Microsoft have now released patches to download for Windows7 &Windows XP (operating systems most affected) available on the Microsoft Website
There is currently no way to fix a computer that’s infected with WannaCry/Uiwix. At the same time, paying them isn’t your best bet either. You are basically giving money to criminals.
The hackers typically demand about $300 – £230 in payment via bitcoin. This is an untraceable digital currency, often used on shadowy parts of the internet. If that ransom isn’t paid in 72 hours, the price could double. After a few days the files will be permanently locked.
You are most likely wondering why hackers do this. It’s the same reason you get telemarketing calls and junk email: it’s effective. Security company Symantec says that ransomeware attacks alone jumped by more than one-third, to over 483,800 incidents in 2016, and that’s just the ones they have tracked.
So, how do you protect your machine? If you’re running a Windows-powered PC, make sure all your software is up to date. In addition, as always, never open suspicious emails, click on links you don’t know or open any files you weren’t expecting.
What to do if your computer is infected? You’re currently out of luck. As yet there doesn’t appear to be a way to fix WannaCry. Shortly after WannaCry began to spread, a security researcher accidentally found a kill switch that appeared to stop WannaCry in it’s tracks. Hackers have since made a fix, and at this time there doesn’t appear to be any way to stop it. It also has a new name Uiwix, according to reserchers and Heimdal Security
Call us at Wolverhampton IT Services for more information on how to protect your business computers and sensitive information stored.