What is the WannaCry / WannaCry2 ransomware?
WannaCry is a ransomware attack currently affecting Windows machines that are not patched with the latest operating system updates from Microsoft.
This is a nasty outbreak. It is different than prior strains in that it has a ‘hunter’ module incorporated into the malware. Past versions relied on the end user taking an action – downloading it from the web, clicking on a link in an email, or clicking on a malicious attachment. WannaCry only needs to be detonated once before it goes into hunter mode. Once your computer is infected, it instantly searches for other computers that are vulnerable throughout your network.