WannaCry's origin, modus operandi, impact & safe cyber practices explained

Only real, long term solution, however, remains increasing education around security best practices

Udbhav Tiwari, Policy Officer, Centre for Internet and Society
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Udbhav Tiwari, Policy Officer, Centre for Internet and Society

Udbhav Tiwari
The explosive WannaCry (aka Wanna Decryptor or WCry) malware, which is a self-replicating ransomware, has affected over 200,000 computer in over 75 countries in merely 7 days. The attacks have left public and private entities, including critical infrastructure such as hospitals and public transport, crippled across the globe. This article will attempt to highlight the origins of the ransomware, its method of operation, the effect it has had on the global economy and countermeasures users can take to protect themselves from the malware.

WannaCry is a ransomware, which is a type of a computer virus designed to block access to

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First Published: May 31 2017 | 11:21 AM IST

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