|As of this writing, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak infected 350,000 victims in more than 150 countries. As a customer, we want to keep you up-to-date on the latest information about the threat and our response.|
|What makes WannaCry unique? WannaCry is a unique ransomware strain that exploits a critical Microsoft Windows Server Message Block (SMB) vulnerability to spread like a worm, lending to its rapid propagation after just a few hours of initial detection. The SMB exploit spreads across network shares, so the effect of the attack was minimal to consumers.The unique trifecta of a broadly available vulnerability with a working exploit and the ability for execution without human intervention created the perfect environment for a “wormable” ransomware attack. Since the WannaCry attack, another attack called Adylkuzz has surfaced that takes advantage of the same Windows vulnerability, emphasizing the need for action.|
|What was McAfee’s response? Over the course of Friday, May 12, McAfee received multiple reports of the attack. By Friday afternoon, the McAfee® Global Threat Intelligence system was updated to identify all known WannaCry samples, and McAfee had delivered DAT signature updates to all its customers.Our enterprise endpoint products provide zero-day protection against the attack as outlined below. As new variants of this ransomware arise, we will continuously update our software to keep our users protected.|
You may have heard about the massive international cyberattack of a recent strain of ransomware called WannaCry on the news recently. Hold your breath... there's more coming. On May 12, 2017, businesses, hospitals, governments in over 150 countries woke up to the alarming news that their computer systems had been attacked by ransomware which demanded payment in order to get their files back. You can read the details on Wikipedia and on many news sites. The attack exploited machines that used outdated Windows software or Windows systems that did not have the latest security patches. This means that new threats could be looming. If your computer systems aren't upgraded and patched, or if you don't have business-grade reliable backups in place, you are at risk of being a victim of the next attack. Our clients benefit from our expertise and responsiveness in software patch management, data backup and other strategies that keep them safe. Contact us for a network assessment to learn how "at risk" you are and for guidance on what you can do to make sure that you stay safe, too.
Ransomeware is back in the mainstream news with the newest strain WannaCry. Over 74 countries have been infected. 1. Understand the threat. Crypto ransomware works by encrypting data, 2. Educate users. It only takes one bad decision by a user to unleash a costly ransomware attached. Once installed the ransomware software can infect a computer and worse yet the entire network and servers in seconds!
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