Beware of hoax texts on WannaCry Ransomware

Beware of hoax texts on WannaCry Ransomware

Launched on 12th May, 2017, WannaCry also known as WannaCrypt WanaCrypt0r 2.0, Wanna Decryptor, has affected computers in more than 150 countries in an unprecedented attack. There was a torrent of misinformation around this Ransomware and gave birth to rumors mostly in the form of misleading forwarded messages. Following the carnage and mayhem caused by WannaCry, we were pleasantly surprised to find all sorts of advisories making rounds in the social networking circles. Many of them were outrageous, while others tickled our funny bone. Here are some of the clarifications to ensure you do not fall prey to these texts:

* RBI orders Shutdown of ATMs until they are patched and safe.
  Status: Hoax
  RBI has issued clarification that they haven’t issued such orders.

* Avoid using ATMs and Do not do any online transaction
  Status: Hoax
  Any computer system infected with Ransomware would display the message that it has been infected.

* Don’t do any online transaction. Don’t open any Shopping cart.
  Status: Hoax
  Webserver infected with Ransomware would simply be not able to serve the pages. Shopping carts do not store Ransomware.
  However, while browsing and downloading software make sure that these executables are scanned by an antivirus.

* Except Africa all countries IT companies are hacked.
  Status: Hoax
  No explanations required cause its 100% fake news. Such events when IT organizations get hacked are published all over the internet, TV channels
  etc. These news pieces aren’t just limited to your limited group of friends.

* Dance of the Hillary video
  Status: Hoax.

We even received an advisory in our inbox which says:

* Power off smart TVs, tablets, and every other smart device.
* Turn off Bluetooth, WiFi, tethering (also known as Hotspot) on your mobile phones.
* Switch off your servers (or any other computers that you may leave on 24x7.
* Disconnect LAN (network, CAT6, CAT5) cable plugging computers or laptops in the network. If it is a laptop, it may have a physical slide switch or
button press to switch off WiFi card inside the laptop - Switch That Off.

* if possible, wait for news from eastern world
  Status: Tickled our Funny Bone
  This simply means that we should lead the life of an ascetic

Keep Antivirus On:

Status: 100% True.
No matter what, buy a good antivirus, keep it updated, keep your operating system updated, take precautions, never divulge your personal information, are some of the things one should remember.

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