In this month’s newsletter (click to read), we reported on the origins of the WannaCry/Wcry virus spreading malware worldwide.
This is a crypto virus, a malicious software which has hit Britain’s National Health Service, some of Spain’s largest companies including Telefónica, as well as computers across Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom. You should be extremely suspicious of all e-mails you receive, particularly those that ask the recipient to open attached documents or click on web links. If the email is not from someone you do not know or if the email does not look genuine do not open the attachment or link as this may trigger the virus.
The Wcry virus works by encrypting files on your computer and spreading through the network encrypting other computers/servers and making the files unreadable. Microsoft released a Patch (Windows update) in March that should prevent the virus from infecting your computer. Advanced Computers highly recommends you install windows updates on your PCs. The Wcry virus is demanding a ransom of $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to be paid by May 15, or, in the event that deadline is missed, a higher fee by May 19. The messages left on the screen say files will remain encrypted.
If you see this message this means your system has been hit by the virus. Please feel free to contact the Advanced Computers team 0800 622349 for more details. We open 6 days a week (Mon-Fri 9:30am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm).
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