You don’t want to be a casualty of any ransomware threat, including WannaCry. This cyberattack hit over 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Most of the victims were in Asia, although systems in Europe and the United States were also affected. Consider yourself lucky if you did not boot up to a screen that demanded a $300 payment before your files were restored.
This crime was particularly insidious because it did not require any suspicious downloads. Instead, it exploited a security hole that existed in most Windows systems.
Ironically enough, this malware came from exploits stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA), who were developing them as a cyber weapon.
The quick defense for users who have not been affected is to update their Windows operating systems and ensure that it remains updated. Microsoft has been vigilant in patching any security holes that are uncovered. Anti-virus software also acts as protection.
The solution is more complicated for users who are affected. They need to disconnect their machine from the Internet, try to restore a backup of their system that existed before the problem, and then update the backup with the latest Windows patches. If that restore is impossible, they’re stuck paying the $300 and hoping that their files will be freed.
Whatever you do, there is no guarantee that you won’t be targeted in the future. You must be extremely vigilant. If you would rather spend your time innovating instead of patching and updating, contact us. We will ensure your OS is up to date and protected.