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What you need to know about the “WannaCry” Virus, Trojan Horses and Ransomware

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  • The "WannaCry" computer virus infected thousands of computers worldwide this past weekend (May 12th 2017). A “Trojan Horse” virus, it maliciously gains access to computer systems, locking down and making inaccessible to you and others your private information and data, then requesting a financial payment for the release of same. This type of computer software attack is known as “Ransomware”.

    This free online course teaches you how to avoid the virus, but more importantly explains the concepts behind these attacks. It is believed by industry experts that these types of computer virus attacks are going to become more frequent. Whether you are an individual learner, or an employer or manager with an organisation of team of staff to protect, this free course will be of help to you in spreading awareness on how to protect against this malicious threat. As of 15th of May, around $50,000 worth of bitcoin has been paid to unknown ransomers.

    This free online course will be of great interest to those who would like to gain a better understanding of the latest WannaCry ransomware attack, and to those wishing to protect against it as it outlines what steps you can take to avoid the virus and steps that can be taken if your computer has become infected.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:

    Describe the global impact of the WannaCry ransomware.
    Describe, in simple terms, what WannaCry ransomware does to a computer.
    Identify the payment methods demanded by ransomware.
    List possible routes of infection by ransomware.
    Explain methods for preventing the spread of WannaCry ransomware.
    Explain methods for removing WannaCry ransomware from infected computers.
    Describe, in simple terms, what bitcoin is and why ransomware uses it as a payment method.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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