WannaCry? We’ll make you smile again!
I read many articles regarding WannaCry worldwide malware attack last week.
Let’s try to understand what it is and why it has become so unfortunately famous.
WannaCry (known even as WannaCrypt, WCry, WanaCrypt0r and WCRY, as highlighted by Wired) is a ransomware encrypting victims’ data. The only way to get the decryption key is to pay a certain amount (WannaCry asks for 300$ in Bitcoin if paid in the first 3 days; 600$ if paid by the 6th day from the attack). While this aspect is very common, what made this malware so relevant is another characteristic: leveraging on an exploit for a Windows OS vulnerability (developed by the National Security Agency, NSA, and hacked by The Shadow Brokers in April), it can infect the other computers in the same Local Network of the first infected one, acting like a worm malware.
This vulnerability was already fixed by March Windows update and a 22-year-old researcher discovered a way to stop exactly this malware, but the situation was really critic in the last days and the attack is far from its end.
So… how can Mida eFramework make you wanna smile again?
Simple: as we said, WannaCry uses a Windows OS vulnerability (nerd facts: we are talking about the vulnerability CVE-2017-0145) but Mida eFramework UC App Suite is completely Linux based.
We knew our customers do care to their personal data, specially to all those sensitive data generated from recording systems, like Mida Rec, used in many different critical communication environments, or sent/received via fax, using for example Mida Fax Server.
This was one of the reasons moving us to opt for an environment like Linux: give to our customers an extremely reliable and safe instrument, helping them through their everyday hard working life.
WannaCry? Nah, smiling is better!