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WannaCry Virus: Just The Beginning! What’s Next?

December 28, 2019

Hey what’s up guys, I’m ThioJoe. By you’ve hopefully heard about Wannacry,
the infamous ransomware computer virus that’s been going around the past couple weeks. If you somehow aren’t, well here’s the quick
summary. Earlier this year there were a bunch of leaks
from the NSA that revealed unpatched Windows exploits. These exploits had actually been patched for
a while in the most recent versions of Windows, but as we know, not everyone keeps their operating
up to date. For example, there are millions and millions
of computers that still run Windows XP which is no longer being updated, and even for more
recent verions like Windows 7, some people have updates disabled for some stupid reason. All of these people, which included businesses
too slow to upgrade, were vulnerable to these exploits. And these exploits were pretty nasty, the
main one is known as “EternalBlue”. You didn’t even have to do anything to become
infected. The exploit allows someone to directly connect
to your computer out of nowhere and take over. After the virus infects one computer, it now
has access to that entire local network, and uses the computer’s file sharing services
to take over every computer it’s connected to. Not only that, but the virus will actually
PATCH the exploit once it infects a computer, effectively shutting the door behind it so
no other viruses can get in and steal control again. But the worst thing about the Wannacry viruses
is what it does after it infects a computer. I’ve talked about ransomware before, which
I think are the most evil kinds of viruses. This type of virus will encrypt all of the
files on your computer, making them completely useless unless you have the encryption key. And to get it, the virus demands a payment
of $300 in bitcoin, and double that if you wait too long. Eventually if you don’t pay, it threatens
to delete the encryption key, locking you out of your files forever. Now wannacry has been one of the most talked
about viruses in a long time, both because of how damaging it is, and also because of
how widespread it has become. There were hundreds of thousands of computers
in 150 countries infected, even including some hospitals where some medical equipment
systems were infected. So is there anything that’s being done about
this all this? Well obviously the answer is yes. The first line of defense is to simply keep
your computer up to date on security patches that fix this exploit. If you’re running something like XP, you need
to get with the program, because that operating system is not receiving any more updates,
and more and more exploits WILL be found. In this case, Microsoft decided the exploit
was so bad that they actually released an emergency patch for Windows XP even though
they said it’s no longer supported. But don’t expect that to keep happening. There’s really no reason to not keep Windows
up to date on the latest patches. However I will say for a lot of their major
updates like the anniversary update, did have a lot of bugs. But you aren’t usually forced to get those
updates until a while later, so by then the bugs should be fixed. Besides staying up to date with patches, you
should also have an antivirus as I’ve said countless times before. You might think you are too smart or too familiar
with computers to get a virus, but Wannacry is proof that that’s not true. The next time an exploit is found, it might
not be patched yet, and you’re left completely vulnerable even if you don’t do anything wrong. I think the best thing is to get antivirus
software that both scans for viruses, and has internet security features, meaning it
will block attempts that you might come across online from infecting you in the first place. And while Windows does have built in antivirus,
it really isn’t that good. The third thing you need to do. And I mean NEED to do, is back up your computer. And not only that, do it in a way where the
virus can’t infect the backup as well, which I’ll talk about. The importance of backing up your computer
should be obvious. It’s not even mainly about viruses, but rather
the fact that your hard drive WILL fail eventually. All of them do. If you just keep all your important files
on your one computer and that’s it, you’re playing with fire. Hard drives don’t give you much warning if
they’re going to fail, if they do at all, and once they do you can’t get your data off
it. In some cases you can spend thousands of dollars
and send it to a data recovery company, but it’s not a guarantee. We know from research done by Backblaze, a
backup company, how often hard drives fail. In the first year and a half, you can expect
a 5% failure rate. That’s a one in 20 chance you’ll lose all
your data. If you make it past a year, chances are it
will survive the next year and a half. But after just 3 years, they saw a failure
rate of nearly 12%, and obviously gets worse after that. Now I KNOW that many of you have computers
older than 3 years old. Heck, mine is about that old. Right now as you’re sitting here, there’s
a 1 in 10 chance your hard drive will fail this year. Alright so I think you get my point, let’s
get back on topic. So backing up your data. It’s not as hard as you think. Modern versions of windows all have built
in backup features that make it incredibly easy. You can just plug in an external hard drive
that’s big enough to fit your stuff, enable Windows automatic backup, and wow you just
saved yourself a lot of headache. But that’s not all you should be doing, because
consider this. Maybe that external hard drive is as safe
as you think. Maybe a thief brakes in and steals your computer,
and your hard drive along with it. Or in the case of wannacry or any other ransomware,
it’s going to see the backup drive attached to the computer, and encrypt everything on
there too! You have a couple options here to solve this. First, you could disconnect or turn off your
external hard drive between backups. This way if your computer gets infected, your
backup is physically separated from the virus, and is obviously safe. The other option is to use an online cloud
backup service. There are a few out there, like Backblaze,
Carbonite, Crashplan, and others. The idea is the same for them all. The software runs in the background, and uploads
all your files to the company’s servers for backup so you don’t have to worry about handling
it yourself. And every time you add a new file or update
it, it will update the copy on the server. And if some of your files do get encrypted,
the service should have an option for version history, so it will still have the good copies. So now that you know all about Wannacry and
how to protect yourself against it, you might be wondering what’s next. Unfortunately, this is all only going to get
worse, seriously. Hackers all over the world are going to see
how effective and profitable a virus can be, and try to make their own. They’ll be working overtime to discover new
vulnerabilities all the time. And because of how effective ransomware is,
I don’t think we will ever see the end of it. I actually think that ransomware is going
to literally be around forever. Because the concept is so simple. Even as computers get more and more powerful,
hackers can just use stronger and stronger encryption indefinitely. It’s just a matter of how they infect people
in the first place. Oh, and would you look at that, there IS already
a new virus going around! That didn’t take long did it? The latest threat is one called “EternalRocks”,
and believe it or not, it could be even worse than Wannacry. Because not only does EternalRocks use the
same couple of exploits as Wannacry, it actually uses seven different exploits found in the
NSA leak. So this way, it can infect WAY more computers,
because there are so many more entry ways. So what is this EternalRocks virus. Well it’s actually kind of interesting, because
it’s been spreading, but hasn’t actually done anything yet. You see once the virus infects your computer,
it spreads itself to other computers if it can, but otherwise stays invisible to the
user. So you might not even know if you have it. But the scary thing is that the hackers wouldn’t
make this virus for nothing. It has a purpose, but they’re clearly waiting
for something… One obvious possible explanation is they are
trying to infect as many computers as possible, and finally activate all at once. If people don’t know they have the virus,
they aren’t going to try and remove it, making it much easier to spread. And as I mentioned, we aren’t even sure what
this virus is going to do. It can just download any set of instructions
from it’s creator at any time. They could decide to launch a Ransomware campaign,
or turn it into a botnet to attack major websites, or even sell the botnet to another hacker
group. In any case, I bet we’ll find out soon enough. If we’re lucky, authorities will find the
virus creators and shut them down before they can do real damage. Until then, the best thing you can do is follow
the same steps I layed out before. Stay up to date on security patches as soon
as they’re released, have an antivirus installed just in case, and of course back up as a last
resort. Unfortunately, I think most people are NOT
going to do this, and as I mentioned before, a lot of the vulnerable computers are on businesses
or less developed countries with lots of old computers. And the hackers know this, which is why this
type of thing is just going to keep happening. So you really just need to focus on protecting
yourself. Anyway, I think that covers just about everything,
really hope it was helpful for those of you who weren’t aware of these risks. And even for those of you who were, will be
even more vigilant going forward. I’d love to hear what you think down in the
comments section, and be sure to check out other people’s comments as well. If you want to keep watching, I’ll put some
other videos right here to click on. And if you want to subscribe, I got new videos
every Tuesday Thursday Saturday. Again I’m looking forward to hearing from
you, so thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time, have a good one.


  • Reply rGG October 29, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I do see reasons for wanting to keep a computer not up to date. But if you do, keep that shit off the internet. That's the only way to keep it safe.

  • Reply Lord Of Gamers November 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    i got wannacry ransomware on my computer its stuck 🙁

  • Reply [User Deleted] November 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Did it hit Ireland?

  • Reply Alfos The Epic December 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I got windows 10.

  • Reply Dona 4 Him December 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I keep my external hard drive in a fire safe. And then I pray!

  • Reply Brenden December 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I have a HUGE computer from 2006 and it's hard drive STILL hasn't failed!

  • Reply Argueta Hernandez December 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Hay ok these keys i have alot of this shit on my cell phone and screenshot everything …ok so on my husband cell some how he had a microsoft account …he has no idea of 5his shit bc we only have androids but also been hacked my emails my daughter email fb and my husband and also my wifi at home …i have data backed up on my cell that i cnt open unless i have the key

  • Reply Adam Haz December 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Cool. Can't wait till the next wannacry destroyer ??

  • Reply Ikram Minhas December 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    please give me application error 0x000000c5 problem solution please

  • Reply Tim Lol December 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I have a hard drive that is 6 years old.

  • Reply J Patel December 30, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    So with the next bigger and worser virus they’re gonna release a patch for Windows 95 or maybe even MS DOS cause that would be ridiculous

  • Reply p1rice December 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm


  • Reply FilipSkywalker January 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm


  • Reply stickamations 1 February 1, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I have windows 105XT0IBBX it's the creator update i made

  • Reply Trevor Meuse February 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    or buy a spindle of DVDs and back up everything sarcasm

  • Reply S5 Dispir February 5, 2018 at 11:35 pm


  • Reply Osiris Paradox March 4, 2018 at 6:08 am

    i could be wrong but Microsoft only patched XP because most business and more importantly hospitals use XP.

  • Reply i have no words March 24, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    But it Sayed wait for 6 months for poor people

  • Reply Rob Fowler April 1, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    You must be earning WAY TOO MUCH money to imagine I can afford to throw away a perfectly good computer just because microsoft wants me to. I really could care less what Microsoft wants. That is irrelevant to me. This old desktop machine works perfectly fine for what I want it you do, better in fact than a laptop i purchased 7 years later, just 2 years ago. And why does the laptop SUCK you ask? Could it be the bloated newer version of Windows it can pre-stuffed with? Moreso than most people, you should realize that a well built machine can be viable for a lot longer that a cheap one. A really good graphics card makes a big difference but just as important is NOT bogging it down with operating systems not designed for it!!! Next time, you might want to consider all your viewers before you arrogantly spout "why wouldn't you kerp up to date?". I don't work for Microsoft!

  • Reply King Jacob 105 April 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    1. Already have a great antivirus (Paid)
    2. All because of this video I backed Up my files
    3. Updated already 😀

  • Reply Pretty Bowser April 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Lol i still have updates on windows xp because i doed some changes on regedit so i get updates váhala

  • Reply Tolipic April 25, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    my hard drive failed twice this year oops
    let me go put all my files in google drive

  • Reply Genesis 2600 April 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    They Released a patch for Windows Vista. (yay)

  • Reply the bacon troller April 27, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    just use system restore, its that easy

  • Reply Basar Sarder April 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

    What is DoublePulser.

  • Reply Dexter Estacion May 10, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Or you can just Unplug the ethernet

  • Reply Carl FortniteRoblox May 15, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I deleted my virus, Win32:Evo-gen is innit

  • Reply Carl FortniteRoblox May 15, 2018 at 6:08 am

    And AVAST has Online security and other security

  • Reply Levi Fate Parry Parsley May 20, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Malware bytes is one I'd recommend as an anti virus

  • Reply the bacon troller June 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    cant we just do system restore??

  • Reply KasenesaK June 30, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Malware bytes is probably the best thing for an antivirus

  • Reply Minty Twinkle Cow 611 July 2, 2018 at 5:01 am

    'Building Your Own PC Makes It Faster'

  • Reply Pvp Pvp July 9, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Ha i did never for the pole because i have macd

  • Reply jellybuty July 19, 2018 at 5:20 am

    my ssd failed one month after i bought it and got another one from the 3 year warrenty and it failed in a week

  • Reply MinePlainShows !! August 10, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Do the petya virus please

  • Reply A Fax Machine August 15, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    What if it's actually Microsoft coding viruses just too get people to upgrade to windows 10

  • Reply Daryn UwU August 16, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Windows peasants! Linux doesn't have much ransomware.

  • Reply MD Hossain August 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Well my dad's antivirus is 5 days about to expire and he usually doesn't have time to get a new subscription plus he thinks it's too expensive, well u know what I say, SCREW IT, GET THAT 3 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION AND DEAL WITH IT, AT LEAST YOUR STUFF IS SAFE!!!!

  • Reply Ewan McDonagh August 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I have an 11 year old hard drive which has over 79,600 hours of usage. What is the failure rate on that? ?

  • Reply Bradley Steffens September 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm


  • Reply Ghy5y6 Modz September 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    tha vierus us touth

  • Reply Ivan De klerk September 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Seems like everyone loves wanna cry virus ⚎ ⚎ ⚎ ⚎ ⚎

  • Reply LittleSansburg September 17, 2018 at 5:35 am

    One of my computers actually have the WannaCry virus and it is running Windows 10 Pro

  • Reply ObjectCrystal September 23, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I got wannacry virud

  • Reply Jake Young September 28, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    My Mac I am using now is from 2013 and the hard drive hasn't failed

  • Reply songs9012 12345 October 8, 2018 at 2:11 am

    does it count as you getting a virus if your younger sibling did it

  • Reply Orri October 10, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hey Joe. I don’t really trust search engines to find me a good antivirus. If you could maybe name a good antivirus, payment is ok and free is ok too.

  • Reply Stand All Games October 12, 2018 at 3:38 am

    My hard-drive has 10 years, and still working

  • Reply Imraan Ahamed October 16, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Grand crab v5 is the next??

  • Reply -_Unknown Legend_- October 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    How to remove a virus:
    1. Open Task Manager

    2. Find a strange program running on your background (virus)

    3. Try to open it and delete it

    4. If you cannot delete it then launch your pc in power saving mode

    5. Search for the virus/process name.

    6. Open it in the file location

    7. Delete anything that has to do with the virus.

    8. If you still have the virus, backup the whole Hard drive or Solid state card.

    No one will read this probably

  • Reply Caliber Defusion November 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    it can be removed using safemode lol

  • Reply Dany's Videos January 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    If I play a heavy and safe game I disable my av and internet to run faster

  • Reply Dalmation Productions February 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I think I know why some computers are still running Windows XP
    1. Older Hardware (From 2001) that is not compatible with newer versions of windows

  • Reply DamonWakefield February 20, 2019 at 12:36 am

    There's another thing you should do, and that is to redirect any syskey command to something like opening a notepad file indicating an attack, like this:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionssyskey.exe]
    "Debugger"="c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe "C:Users<yourname>Documentssyskey_warning.txt""

  • Reply CoolBloxGamingGuy March 14, 2019 at 6:29 am

    My antivirus software saved me from a threat.

  • Reply Jack April 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Does anyone notice that it is 101 degrees outside his house, it is on the computer screen

  • Reply Luke skywalker The Starfleet commander April 15, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Try Linux…

  • Reply Luke skywalker The Starfleet commander April 15, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I got a cheap SD card, and it failed the next day.

  • Reply I Love Your Channel April 15, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    This Cockroach from MIB is now making genuine videos?

  • Reply bobpeters61 April 21, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    If Eternal Rocks has been known for a little while, wouldn't most antivirus have an update to scan your PC for it?

  • Reply Nate Tʍi April 28, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    keep a backup of your files/PC

  • Reply Alex K May 13, 2019 at 11:13 am

    and this is why you backup all your files and keep your pc up to date and have a good antivirus, should they actually get to your files, you can just reset to factory settings and reload your backup. I've had 1 ransomware attack directed at me in the past, I don't even remember which one it was because that was in like 2015. the external backup saved my ass and since then the security updates have kept me in the clear. (also to note after each backup I unplug the hardrive for safety reasons)

  • Reply Ante Sabljić May 19, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    R.I.P Windows XP

  • Reply Birby Studio June 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Hey, let's ruin his whole video!
    WannaCry isn't a virus it's ransomware.

  • Reply AshGaming June 30, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I really need to backup my computer Now! ):

  • Reply XDMAXGAMER 365 July 4, 2019 at 9:41 am

    does wanacry virus slow my internet because my friends pc has it?

  • Reply windows professional August 4, 2019 at 11:44 am

    The PC in the pic of the vid is EXACTLY how my pc looks like

  • Reply Andrea Padovan August 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

    What do you use as antivirus?

  • Reply Akane Cortich September 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I think just cone your Drive every once and a while. Free Macrium Reflect. SSDs are fairly cheap, even just a second hand one for the average user. Cloned my HDD to a SDD and replaced. Now my HDD is a backup.

  • Reply Wariobros194 September 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    how to not get it: disable internet, use vpn

  • Reply LIKHITH GADDE October 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    MR Thiojoe I bought my computer and cpu in December 7th 2001 and It originally ran Windows XP because when I bought my computer and cpu i.e December 7th 2001 Windows XP was the latest version of Windows and I purchased a DVD from Microsoft on December 8th 2001 and I got the Windows Vista original DVD in 2005 Windows 7 original DVD in 2009 Windows 8.1 original DVD in 2014 and Windows 10 in 2016 and till today I still use Windows XP I do not trust security patches and updates but last year I thought you know what let me just upgrade to windows 8.1 for 1 month then I upgraded to windows 10 for 1 month and believe or not both Windows 8.1 and 10 suck so I downgraded to windows XP then I upgraded to windows 7 and I thought of just upgrading for 1 month but I ended up using it for 3 months and I loved windows 7 very much but I decided to use Windows XP for 7 more years then upgrade to windows 7 forever

  • Reply Diamond Life November 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Ransomware… I HATE YOU!
    it removed all my files :"(

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