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Is Your Smartphone Safe From WannaCry Ransomware? Here's Everything You Need To Know

By Monica U Santos , May 18, 2017 07:53 AM EDT
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As long as the link leads nowhere, WannaCry would continue to spread. Unfortunately, reports are now coming in that there is a newer version of the malware, now completely lacking the original kill switch. (Photo : Next Knowledge Era/YouTube)

After a severe cyber attack disrupted IT services across the globe last week, many people have been asking questions why it happened. People, agencies, companies and organizations that are affected are asking for help from well-known people and IT companies. Now, the most awaited answer is for the question "Is WannaCry Ransomware also affecting smartphones?"

WannaCry ransomware cyber-attackers believe in the saying "slowly but surely" since it affects computer slowly but fears remain, according to BBC. All computers running Microsoft Windows' outdated system can be affected even if it is a private network. However, it can be compromised, especially for an organization with thousands of people using computers daily.

Cyber-security is now a trend for all hackers and it is like a game of cat and mouse, with gangsters always planning of new ways to attack the system. And since serving clients online is now part of every banks' bread and butter, expect that it is hacker's utmost priority. And since WannaCry is operating a computer by asking to pay something online, this ransomware outbreak is mostly expected to affect establishments on finances.

Millions of Android users are still vulnerable because of a loss of updates. However, the hacker won't be prioritizing smartphones, especially Android mobile devices, since they can't gain money from there. If ever they will get something from a phone or its user, it is just a few amounts of bills or they will just confound files and apps saved on the smartphone device.

Jacob Osborn, a counsel for Goodwin's Privacy and Cybersecurity, explained to CNET that WannaCry is likely to hit "commercial and enterprise machines where somebody is going to pay bitcoins to get it back." Even if there is just a little possibility, smartphones are still at risk. Therefore, it would also be good if Android users will be aware of the WannaCry Ransomware.

 

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