Ransomware Makes You ‘Wanna Cry,’ So Take Precautions

On Friday, May 12, a massive ransomware attack spread across the globe, infecting computer systems in Russia, Western Europe, East Asia, and North America. British hospitals, a Spanish telecom company, FedEx in the United States, and Russian websites were hit, with the ransomware spreading to more countries Monday as workers started their computers.

Rampant ransomware attacks tend to occur on Fridays. Many local cybersecurity experts agree it’s because late on Fridays most companies, organizations, and people are more focused on weekend activities than monitoring cybersecurity on information technology  systems.

The WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and blocks access to data until a ransom is paid, displaying a message demanding payment to unlock it at the risk of losing all files.