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Ransomware “WannaCry” on the Prowl

New Ransomware Variant “WannaCry”

You might have just thought ransomware war is over and yet  new ransomware is creating havoc in this highly networked world.  This time round it has been more widespread as within hours, 99 countries reported has been hit by this malware. Similar to it previous variant once it is infected your computer it locks up the file and folder and make it inaccessible by anyone. It is make understand that it exploit on Microsoft Vulnerabilities to infect the computer and can continue through email spam or worm in your intranet environment. 

“There is nothing comparable to date. This is a massive global ransomware operation, the largest and most effective to date. Unfortunately, not all organizations patched against ETERNALBLUE/shadowbrokers exploits,” said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) for Kaspersky Lab.

How to protect yourself

  • Ensure you have the lastest Microsoft Patch (MS17-010)
  • Refrain from open files or link from unknown sources
  • Have a good routine to keep a copy of important document backup(e.g. Accounting data) in external storage that is not connected
  • Use up to date multi-tiered security solution to protect your network 

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