WannyCry mayhem doesn’t seem to be leaving us any soon. From medical institutions, government firms to different organizations on target, WannaCry cyberattack has hit them all hard. Computers across the globe have been left locked and are being demanded ransom.
A piece of malware capable of taking over your computer control and preventing any kind of access until a ransom in form of bitcoins is paid in return.
A major cause of ransomware attacks is the inattentiveness of users while opening emails. Without being careful while opening emails having attachments or links, they easily get trapped. These emails are known as phishing emails and easily gets hold of such computers.
Once the computer has been attacked by WannaCry ransomware, it will encrypt all the files on your PC and the file extensions will be changed to “.wnry”.
Post this, users are demanded ransom in form of bitcoins, if not paid their data keeps on getting deleted at different time intervals.
.bz2, .mp4, .mkv, .zip, .rar, .tar, are the media archive file extension which are vulnerable for ransomware attacks.
.ppt, .doc, .docx, .sxi, .xlsx, are some of the commonly Microsoft Office file extensions that are targeted.
.sxw, .odt, .hwp, are some of the Office extension which are not so common but are in the target list.
.eml, .ost, .pst, .msg, .edb, are amongst the emails and email databases extensions that ransomware attacks.
.php, .cpp, .pas, .java, .asm, are the project files and source codes that ransomware attacks.
.key, .pfx, .pem, .p12, .csr, .gpg, .aes, lie under of the category of encryption keys and certificates that can be attacked by ransomware.
.accdb, .odb, .myd, .sql, .mdb, are some of the database files which are prone to ransomware attacks.
Virtual machine files such as .vmx, .vmdk, .vdi are also a major target for ransomware attacks.
As is said prevention is better than cure, rather than being a victim of such attacks using some simple steps you can save yourself from such situations.