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WannaCry Ransomware – Why The Most Vulnerable Websites Are Hacked

It’s become a common occurrence to hear on the news that even top notch websites with the most expensive security systems are being targeted by hackers.  Recently we’ve had the WannaCry Ransomware (also called WannaCrypt) making headlines affecting computers the globe.  It’s spreading on machines that are unsupported or updated with the latest windows security patches.  In the UK Medical health services were among the first to be affected having their ambulance services redirected.

Ransomware uses a worm to spread itself through networks. The way Ransomware works is that once it infects a computer it scrambles the data or encrypts it, then a popup screen appears with a message demanding money to get access to your data.  Over time the price increases and eventually the files are destroyed if the ransom is not paid.

Malwaretech have created a BotNet Tracker mapping the spread of WannaCrypt – WannaCry Ransomware.  You Can view it here.

Any website can be hacked by malicious code.  However WordPress is constantly working on improving security to making it more difficult for hackers to ‘break and enter.’  Unsupported Windows versions are really vulnerable as windows have stopped making security patches for them. So make sure that you’re using the supported versions if you’re not using the latest.

You might think, “why would anyone want to hack my small website? The vast majority of hackers are after the use of your server to send spam emails.

You can protect your WordPress website with security plugins that offer free and paid premium protection. Run scans and keep your website up to date with the latest security updates.

Most widely used for business sites is Securi  a paid plugin for premium protection.

Bullet Proof and Wordfence are among the top rating plugins for WordPress websites.

These offer a website firewall, security scans and good range of services.

If you site is currently infected/hacked you might want to run detection scans

CNET – Everything you want to know about WannaCry Ransomware