Posted by Michelle Behne on 15 May 2017 11:50 AM
Recent ransomware plaguing the UK along with countries around the world has people scrambling to understand and mitigate this complex and scary issue.
The WannaCry or Wanna ransomware attacks highlight the vulnerability of unpatched or unsupported software but it also underscores that phishing attacks delivering ransomware have evolved. Ransomware has become a virus where email attachments from people you know or file sharing (think Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) is a threat to anyone with access. People opening email laced with malware can become victims or can victimize people they associate with.
Ransomware is where cyber thieves make easy money by either locking you out of your computer or by encrypting your files then demanding ransom before you'll regain access to either. Ransomware is:
Ransomware has evolved. WannaCry or Wanna infects unpatched or unsupported software then propagates as a virus to other people with unpatched or unsupported software through file sharing clouds or attachments. Look for future ransomware to mimic this type of behavior.
How to protect against ransomware?
What to do if confronted with ransomware:
How to protect your personal life:
Remember - protect yourself & others by staying cyber safe!
For more information check out the attached FBI flash notice about WannaCry ransomware.
US CERT - Ransomware Overview
FBI - Ransomware on the Rise - FBI & Partners working to combat this cyber threat
Kaspersky Lab / IDG - Taking on Ransomware White Paper
ZDNet / Kaspersky Lab - Ransomware is now the biggest cybersecurity threat
SANS - OUCH! August 2016 Newsletter