The malicious threat of the IoT or the internet of things first encountered the ransomware in the year 2016. Since that time, people all over the world have been terrified by this malware. The reason for the terror? Ransomware, unlike other malware, does not affect the internal documents of the affected machines; rather, it locks out the accessibility of the system so that the users do not get to retrieve the data unless they transfer a specific amount of money in the account of the creator of the virus.
You can define it as a kidnapping of the data where the owners of the lost documents have to pay money to get their classified data back, failing of which can result in destruction, or even transferring the captured classified data in the hands of the organization’s competitors. Having said this, it is duty of this written piece to make you, the reader, as well as the potential victim of the ransomware to acquaint with the areas of functions of the ransomware.
Ransomware, the popular WannaCry, recently turned the entire world upside down by hijacking the databases of many important services of the organizations like transport, healthcare and also the defense of many countries. The effect remained on for almost a week until the solution to this problematic invasion was devised out by the technical experts. Ransomware targets the devices which work in the arena of IoT devices like the home appliances, cars, toys which have the technological advantage of being able to connect to the internet.
No one wants to WannaCry
In the current event of WannaCry, the inglorious encrypting software encrypted the internal systems of the aforementioned databases of the organizational areas by locking up the channels of accessibility. A whopping $300 was charged by the hacker who claimed that after the money would be received throughBitcoin, a digital wallet for online transactions, by him, he would unlock the accessibility channels back in the hands of authorities.
At this juncture, it is important to be mentioned that the real mind(s) behind the creation of the ransomware is still untouched, but the Europol has reported that the hacker(s) could only earn a mere amount of $26,000 in their maiden feat of disrupting the services sectors of many developed countries.
Now, the internet is free from any such attack after the incident, but this brings the people to a set of some obvious question, viz., Can ransomware attack again in a global reach? Will it be possible to avert such threats in the future? The answer is very much YES.
Ransomware will not stop its spread after this incident, in fact, you may not know, there might be hundreds of it out there created already, waiting for the permission from the creators to take down the world, like literally. So what can you do to combat them? The answer lies in the adopting the method of 2FA on VPN for the internal security of the company’s digital working system. Only with the proper implementation of the Two-Factor Authentication, 2FA for Google Apps and also the Secure corporate Mails can save the data to get hacked by the digital cons.