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The Wanna Cry and North Korea Cyber Crimes — 24 Comments

  1. Cyber crimes and scams are progressively getting harder and harder to spot. After reading your article I will be sure to do all of my updates. I don’t “Wanna Cry” so I will protect my information by backing it up with an external drive like you suggested. Thank you for educating me about the Wanna Cry virus.

    • Hi Danny,

      We are going to be dealing with these bad guys forever! Updates are important, some people didn’t think so! The external Hard Drive can save your butt in a hard drive failure. Thank you for leaving a comment! Please come back!

      Chas

  2. It’s funny, isn’t it? Cyber attacks, threats to your computer security, malware – it’s all very tenuous and unreal until it happens to you!

    Your reporting of the Wanna Cry virus and its links to North Korea was fascinating. It’s amazing that a country that has difficulty feeding its people, encourages its soldiers to “live off the land” (steal citizens’ food) and has a totally warped view of the outside world can still muster the technical know-how to launch sophisticated cyber attacks.

    I guess it’s just a matter of priorities for the NK government.

    Your tips for protecting yourself are all excellent.

    I have my Windows computers set up to update automatically, so every Microsoft security update is installed the instant it’s released.

    And I’m fanatical about keeping both my data and the installation app for any purchased software on an external hard drive, disconnected from the computer when not actually being backed up.

    Plus all my passwords in a password protected Word doc, also stored on the external hard drive.

    Plus a memory stick with a Windows boot on it.

    I should probably do a Cloud backup as well, as you advise.

    Thanks, Chas, for this valuable and timely information.

  3. I had never heard of the I Wanna Cry virus prior to your post.  Thanks a lot for the history and detailed description.  I have long used external hard drives for all my files, not primarily to prevent hacking or viruses, but to avoid loss in the event of computer failure.  I have a decent virus scanner and update everything there and with Windows whenever I have the opportunity.  The cloud I don’t use.  I guess I don’t trust my data outside my own direct control.  How safe is the cloud for storage?  Can others access my files?  Can viruses be inserted into my files in the cloud?  Sorry, my technical knowledge is so weak.

    • Hi J52powell,

      The Wanna Cry Virus made news a few years back around the time that Snowden was defecting to Russia. But, you have the right idea! People don’t understand, that if their computer fails, (like a hard drive failure) you can’t use it. So, you can’t access the cloud until it is fixed. I don’t completely trust the cloud, but I do use dropbox and it was safe.It did not have all my files in dropbox, so the external hard drive had those saved. I would say it is possible, if the cloud site was hacked, they could expose your files.I can run a virus check on files, and I never had a problem with files I have stored in dropbox.Hope that helps

  4. Wow! I had no idea that viruses could be such a large-scale problem. I am guilty of not backing up my system. I bought an external hard drive a few years ago, just for backing up my photos but now I store then on the cloud. I never gave much thought to backing up other files but you have convinced me that is necessary.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with those of us who are ignorant!

    • Hi Theresa,

      Yes, viruses will be around forever I am afraid. The bad guys keep using them to attack us! The cloud is great too, but not all files are backed up on the cloud. And if your computer fails, how are you going to get online to use the cloud? With a back-up hard drive, you can take the files to the computer shop and have them reloaded into a new hard drive if it failed. You are welcome. 

      Thanks for leaving a comment, and please come back!

      Chas

  5. Thanks for this article about The Wanna Cry virus. I honestly had no idea such virus exists in cyber attacks until now. Grateful the virus was stopped cause I would have fallen victim due to my ignorance about the virus. I find it insightful in reading your blogging, this is really helpful. Keep these articles coming so I can learn more. I will be back, it’s a very good site. 

    • Hi Ayodeji,

      You are welcome! i am glad you learned something about The Wanna Cry virus! You only would have been affected if you have not updated your computer.I will let you know as soon as I hear of any more virus attacks.Please come back! 

      Thanks for the comment.

      Chas

  6. I am obsessed with reading on everything to do with North Korea. I find it fascinating how in 2018 a country like that still gets a way with everything. 

    I read about this virus a while ago. Honestly it surprises me that North Korea can make such a virus, they’d have to be pretty tech savvy and up to date with the world which they’re not! 

    I work on a Mac, do you know if it effects macs too?

    • Hi Hollie,
      The country is using talented people inside the government to hack into computers around the world. I am sure they are stealing secrets as well as money, and that is where they are getting their tech knowledge.

      I am not certain about the mac computers, but what I hear is that apple uses a framework that protects them from some virus threats. Also, Microsoft programs are very widely used, and hackers target Microsoft. Part of the problem was they used stolen software from the U.S Cyber weapon “Eternal Blue”. It targeted Microsoft software and that allowed the “Wanna Cry” to spread so quickly. You can read more in my article Recent Internet Scams

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      Chas

  7. Cyber crimes remains a threat to the information on communication industry, However I think the war is being won as  researches are done and the awareness level is constantly increasing more precautions are taken to prevent such catastrophes.

    Thanks for sharing the preventive tips they could be a lifesaver anytime anyday.

    • Hi Zuchi,

      The war will never be won, it is getting worse. The bad guys keep coming up with ways to attack the computers in different ways. My article Recent Internet Scams highlights the facts. it becomes more and more important to keep our computers updated and secure. Using external hard drives helps as well. 

      Thanks for leaving a comment,

      Chas

  8. I remember when that virus was reported and creating havoc around the world and it’s nuts that it caused so much damage.  We’ve had personal computers for years now and there is no excuse for not protecting yourself.

    When I had a PC I was fully protected and had a passport drive with my backups.  I have MAC now and I don’t they were targeted.

    • Hi Stew,

      When that Wanna cry Was attacking computers, people didn’t update as much, now they do!

      They claim the reason for targeting Microsoft was because the Eternal Blue Exploit was published on the web. 

      The apple macs haven’t been targeted yet, some say they can’t be attacked, but you never know!

      Thanks for leaving a comment,Stew.

      Chas

  9. It is sound advice to make backups and to install a regularly updated antivirus program to protect your computer from hackers who have nothing better to do than jeopardize anybody’s computer.

    Your data is your asset to the future and should be protected so that you can continue to invest in it.  Without your data you have to start from scratch again and that may mean many decades of work which can be quite devastating to say the least.

    Taking the time to backup your work on a regular basis and updating your antivirus daily is the biggest security you could implement to ensure your data is safe.

    Thank you for reminding us of this very important task that will save us much frustration and protect out investments.

    Edu

    • Hi Edu,

      It sounds like you realize the value of maintaining a computer in top notch condition! It only takes a moment to lose all your hard work by even a hard drive failure and not the work of crooks! Back ups are a life saver for sure!

      I experienced a ransomeware event as well as a hard drive crash. I now use an External Hard Drive
      The hard drive failure was hard for sure, but having someone ask to be paid a ransome to unlock your files is the worst!! I never paid, and my computer was useless after that! I lost everything in the computer! Now, I back things up!

      I hope I can save someone the heartache of losing all their files!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Edu.

      Chas

  10. Thank you for your checklist. Luckily, I personally use Mac but I am sure soon those viruses will come to Mac since I got one earlier this year it was painful. What I usually do I am always on top of things. For work I use PC so before I go home I always do the updates, hate that since it takes hours. Always be on top of my finances as well, I make sure to check my back account regularly, set the alert on my phone and email and I also change the password regularly if need be. Stay safe out there.

    Happy Holidays

    • Hi Nuttanee,

      You are welcome for my checklist, I hope you never need it! It is likely just a matter of time until the apple network gets hit as well. They supposedly have a different set up somehow that is harder to crack. Microsoft blames the U.S. for exposing their software and causing the Wanna Cry attack. 

      It is good you always do the updates, and yes they are a pain! We have no choice! 

      We can never be to careful!

      Thanks for leaving your comment, Nuttanee.

      Happy Holidays to you as well,

      Chas

  11. Hey there, 

    I really enjoyed reading this article as it was interesting and informative. To be honest North Korean hackers are dangerous and they can hack into your system anytime. Therefore thanks a lot for warning us. I have Kaspersky Lab set up on my PC as its important to keep your conputer/laptop safe. This is a must read article!!! 

    Thank you for taking your time in writing this post. Well done! 

    • Hi AV2001,

      I am Glad you liked the article, and yes it is important to protect our computers. North Korea is a threat to everyone, because it is ransomeware! (read my article Recent Internet Scams) They will try to extort you for money! 

      I use Kaspersky as well,and so far they have done well.

      My hope is you found some usefulness in the article as well.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Chas

  12. Hello and thank you for this thorough and informative article. It was really a pleasant and good read. I remember like it was yesterday when the news about this virus boomed the world. People got really scared about the possible consequences. 

    Of course, I also was not aware that this virus is still active before reading this article. I thought it was long gone. Wanted to ask you something. Is there a specific antivirus you recommend for this kind of annoying threats? Or in general what antivirus you are using right now?

    Thank you.

    Strahinja

    • Hi Strahinja,

      Yes, it was a scary day when I heard the news about the Wanna Cry virus attacking computers worldwide! That prompted my article Recent Internet Scams
      But, hackers have a fondness with the code inside the Wanna Cry, and have been attempting variants to continue the attacks.

      I personally like the Kaspersky software, but I am not excited they are from Russia and we had problems with the past elections here in the U.S. involving Russia. Nonetheless, the antiviral software has been extremely effective and I have had no problems with them. I have also yet to find anyone to replace them in cost or effectiveness!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Strahinja!

      Chas

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