Ransomware Attack The Malware threat
You may have heard of the massive ransomware attack affecting computers all over the world. This virus is downloaded to a victims Windows PC by clicking on a link or attachment. Victims of a major ransomware cyberattack that has spread through the US and Europe can no longer unlock their computers even if they pay the ransom.Infected computers display a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom worth $300. The virus, the source of which is not yet known, freezes the user’s computer and demands an untraceable ransom be paid in the digital Bitcoin currency. Those who pay are asked to send confirmation of payment to an email address. However, that email address has been shut down by the email provider. The advice to UK consumers and businesses is to backup data and protect themselves against this threat.
The attacks come two months after another global ransomware assault, known as WannaCry, which caused major problems for the UK’s National Health Service.
How to Protect Yourself
- Ensure your data is backed up. Ransomware specifically cannot affect data that is not connected to your computer or network.
- Ensure Windows and all Operating Systems are fully up-to-date, this will reduce the chance of any malware using application vulnerabilities to infect hosts.
- Ensure Kaspersky Database definitions are fully up-to-date, or the equivalent Anti-Virus program updates.
- Education – do not to open any suspicious emails or attachments. Do not run any unknown.exe files as the virus threat can come from users running a .exe file from an email attachment. If an email doesn’t look right – don’t open it !
Consider the following:
- Offsite backup – the best way to secure your date
- Kaspersky – rock solid Anti Virus software
- Sonic Wall – Firewall to protect your network
- Cloud Services for business critical data