What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware designed to encrypt your business critical data or entire hard drives in your computer and demand fee for decrypt your data to get access back. These type of malware spreads through opening malicious email attachments, software installation files or other social networking sites. Once your computer gets infected by these type of malware, you will only be able to see the pop up by demanding payment to get access to your system.

WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, or Wana Decrypt0r ransomware is a ransomware program which was detected on Friday, 12 May 2017. WannaCry ransomware targeting the Microsoft Windows operating systems(Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, XP and versions of the Windows Server software) thus infecting more than 2 lakhs individual computers across more than 150 countries worldwide. This infection vector released by the hacker group called The Shadow Brokers who belong to the National Security Agency (NSA).


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This ransomware will affect Microsoft Windows. To prevent from this, Microsoft released a fix for this vulnerability which will keep you safe from WannaCry Ransomware. Click here to read about security update from Microsoft official site. In addition, avoid these type of malware attack by avoiding clicking email from unknown sources which contain any attachment or unknown website links.

If you are already attacked by WannaCry ransomware, you don’t have to pay anything to get access back to your data. Because there is no guarantee for your data to decrypt and give you the access again. If you have a backup you can restore your data from that otherwise, individual can contact local IT services or businesses should contact law enforcement.

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This attack shows the value of backup in order to recover your data from these type of malware attack. The secure backup will always help to keep your business uninterrupted at any cause. Always keep your data with secure backup and be safe from ransomware.


Regular backup and snapshot of your business critical data or your external disk is the best way to protect your data against ransomware or any type of malware. If your data is infected by ransomware you can easily restore your data from backup instead of paying the huge amount to get access back to your data. So regular backup is good for every business.

Be it Image level Backup or File/Folder Backup, Vembu BDR Suite has something for everyone thus offering comprehensive Backup & Recovery at an affordable price. Click here to know more about Vembu BDR Suite.

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