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penguin22093yWannacry is a worm, so it doesn't spread itself via email. It scans the network for vulnerable targets, then installs itself on that host and repeats.
Nebyular4343yBut the problem is that Microsoft released the security patch for the SMB vulnerability in March... It would of limited spread if companies applied it.
I don't know about anyone else but for me we apply security updates straight away via WSUS. Sounds like those companies need to update their risk management plans....
silkfire1563y1. No files will be deleted. What will be deleted is the encryption key from the hackers' servers that was used to encrypt the files.
2. The best thing is to actually NOT pay the relatively small sum of money that the hackers blackmail you, as this is what feeds their business. It is naturally understandable that people are willing to pay when their not backed up holiday or baby photos are at stake to be lost forever.
3. The hospitals are using old versions of Windows, like XP, Vista or 8.1. I read in the news today that a guy with a connection to one of the British hospitals that were attacked said that the hospitals are good but the IT infrastructure is old and outdated and they had had four outages in the last couple of months. Because IT is not important, right?
4. The antivirus company Bitdefender (whose users by the way are completely protected) will release a tool soon that will enable users to hopefully recover their encrypted files.
Just my 4 cents.
s0nic1212013yIf you leave your doors unlocked, don't complain when you get your shit stolen...