The Wannacry ransomware hit computers all across the world this weekend (including middle Tennessee). Isht just got real.
@WoodyandJimShow I work for Amsurg ( big medical company here in Nashville ) . We were told we were off today because " something happened"— Jackie Swafford (@McKinney918) May 15, 2017
It shut down a large part of the British Health Care System, factories, and has everyone scared. It shuts down your computer and asks you to pay the attackers (usually with bitcoin).
Are you vulnerable? If your computer is still running Windows XP operating system, you may be at risk.
What should you do?
- Run Windows update to get the latest updates that fix the holes.
- Back up your data, in case someone grabs it and holds it for ransom.
- Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and scan everything now. Like right now.
And if you have been attacked, experts say... DON'T PAY. There's no evidence they've given anyone their data back.
Why do the attackers attack so many health care computers? Because they have to take care of patients immediately, they can't wait to get their systems fixed, so they might pay.
The good news? People have not been paying it. It's estimated they've only gotten about $25,000, even though they successfully hit so many pc's.