Cyber security experts have claimed the notorious WannaCry ransomware outbreak as the deadliest cyber attack the internet has ever seen in decades. The malware spread in the form of a worm that carries encrypting package within itself and that once injected into a machine, it locks all the files and demands the victim to pay $300 in increment in the form of virtual currency, Bitcoin to decrypt the files. Russia and China were the mostly affected countries with educational institutions, industries, hospitals, software companies among others being the victim of the attack.
India stands third with more than 50,000 exploits being detected so far, with few traces of the systems being compromised by the WannaCry worm. There have been multiple variants of the malware detected over these days. F-Secure, a Finnish cybersecurity company has revealed that widespread use of pirated windows were the reason for the fast spread of the attack.
A recent survey by The Software Alliance indicates that 70% of the system users in China run unlicensed version of the windows, where Russia is short of 6%, reports 64% and India stands at third with 58%. Microsoft released a security patch back in March for WannaCrypt vulnerabilities, and the company went beyond and released patches for legacy software for which the company end its support since 2014.
While the worldwide investigation is going on to find the origins of WannaCry, experts believe Lazarus Group, a notorious hackers group backed by North Korea could be linked with the ransomware, but there’s no precise evidence to prove the same. Still it is not known who is behind the ransomware, but the nature of the attack remains unusual and suspicious. The WannaCry is an alarming call to those who use pirated software because security patch cannot be installed on unlicensed platforms and they are still at risk open to vulnerabilities.