The fuss that WannaCry has managed to trigger all around the world will leave some permanent marks. On the other hand, some positive aspects could also be derived from this commotion. While researchers still indicate that WannaCry has not left the building and continues on being one of the most dangerous cyber viruses around, its emergence has started a chain of articles, discussions and, possibly, innovations.
The dilemma of Windows XP operating system
Superiority of security researchers strongly suggest that Windows XP version is outdated and contains a colorful batch of vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to not only infect systems with ransomware infections, but to gain remote access, launch malicious commands. However, about 7% of all computers, running on Windows, are still counting on XP. While Microsoft controls a number of more secure operating systems, like Windows 10, people still see no necessity in updating their devices.
Even though WannaCry definitely did not use the most gentlest push towards newer versions of Windows, this is not necessarily a bad thing. As it turns out, this crypto-virus exploited one of the security cracks in Windows XP and infected mostly those devices that still operated with it. Surprisingly, even companies are still struggling to let go of XP even though it should be considered long gone. Microsoft does consider Windows XP a remnant and chose to no longer offer support for it. However, at the dawn of WannaCry, Microsoft felt sorry for thousands of users and decided to release a critical patch for it.
This was a rather unusual decision, but then again, WannaCry created an odd situation which had to be handled somehow. If you currently using an older version of Windows, like XP, you should take advantage of the critical updates that the respectable corporation has issued. However, an even more beneficial arrangement would be switch to Windows 10. Microsoft did emphasize that no Windows 10 operating systems are counted as victims of WannaCry.
Education about cyber security and malware
It is unfortunate that governments do not engage in providing stronger education about malware infections. In many countries, malicious programs and neglected and their existence is barely ever mentioned. However, after WannaCry ransomware infected about 150 different countries, an explosion of attention was paid to the topic of cyber security. Suddenly, everyone wishes to find out the answers to questions, like: what is malware? How can I protect myself from it? Before this massive outbreak of ransomware, many surfers had hardly any knowledge about such things as “ransomware” viruses. The term still appears to be understandable to a specific group of people, while others remain ignorant.
Why will WannaCry stand as a proof that cyber security is important? Such effect is expected because people will fear to have their digital data encoded. In this economy, everybody is trying to save a buck and when something tries to take it away, people can undergo sudden transformations.
Lack of governments’ interest in improving cybersecurity
A number of security researchers explain that governments should play a bigger role in the battle against malware/ransomware. However, most of them hardly express any interest in joining this war. Controversial opinions suggest that some security vulnerabilities work in favor with specific security agencies. Thanks to them, it is easier to monitor users’ behavior and violate their privacies even further. If a more secure Word Wide Web is to ever be a reality, it is not enough that corporations will continue on fighting solo in this tense battle.