If you’ve been following the news from last Friday and over the weekend, you’ve head about the latest Ransomware that’s spreading like wildfire around the world. The ransomware’s name is WCry, but is also referenced online under various names, such as WannaCry, WannaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, or Wana Decrypt0r. Whatever you call it, according to Avast security researcher Jakub Kroustek, it racked up over 57,000 victims in just a few hours last Friday.
Targets have included 40 hospital organizations across the UK and Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica.
The ransomware targets unpatched computers and once inside an organization, it quickly spreads to other systems.
But getting infected by this ransomware was 100% avoidable if organizations did the right things – the things we keep pounding the table about in our blog and newsletters.
Back on January 3rd we blogged the following advice:
- Make sure you have a good and up-to-date antivirus/anti-malware product installed
- Be sure your Windows firewall is working and up to date
- Don’t run old, out-of-date software. It often contains known vulnerabilities that cyber-criminals exploit
WanaCry specifically takes advantage of organizations that aren’t doing these things. But for MicroData customers with a Managed Service Plan like Business Care, Select Care, or even our value-priced Essential Care, this ransomware is a non-event. All our service plans include our ARIES Expert System that automatically applies critical patches and updates to all systems. A fix for this issue was released in March 2017.
And we always remind our customers not to continue using old, out-dated software like Windows XP which is no longer supported or updated by Microsoft.
If you’re affected by WanaCry or just aren’t sure your organization is protected, give us a call today and we’ll schedule a no-obligation assessment of your organization’s IT security profile.
Everyone stay safe out there!