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WannaCry Ransom Update

15 May 2017

I am sure if you are looking here you will have seen the news and understand that there is currently a massive international cyber-attack ongoing.

If you had told me a few years ago that executives would be scrambling to pay malware distributers, I would never have believed you. However, that is exactly what is currently happening.

Individuals and business alike have fallen prey to this growing form of Cyber Attack.

 

According to a 2016 survey by Osterman Research, 47 % of organisations have had at least 1 ransomware attack, with 1 % having more than 20 ransomware attacks.

 

Now I give you the best advice prevention is better than cure, however not everyone can be protected all the time and right now you are either infected or you fear being infected so you need to  do all you can to avoid the ransomware accessing your system.

 

 

How does ransomware infect your system?

Computers are infected with ransomware via a number of routes. Sometimes users are tricked into clicking links or running legitimate-looking applications.

Once infected your systems are locked and often can only be unlocked by paying a ransom.

 

 

How to avoid getting infected:

 

Recognise Fake emails and websites

How do you spot a fake website? this is where an attacker sets up a fake website or fake email sometimes a combination of the two to extract information such as credit card numbers, install ransomware on your computer or scam money from you.

By setting up as someone you automatically trust like a bank or a government site they can easier falsify information and gain trust. Fortunately spotting this can be easy:

  • Look for bad spelling other countries may not use correct grammar
  • Emails not addressed to you but dear customer
  • Asking for banking information. Banks or other online accounts should never do this.
  • Check the URL; make sure the address is the same as your regular bank.

 

DO NOT click on Links

  • Use official websites to login
  • Do not open unsolicited mail if you are unsure of the sender

 

Back Up

If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing important data up – You can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else. 

 

 

What to do if there is an incident:

 

STOP and take a breath and understand what has happened are you sure you have been hacked?

 

  • Keep your organisation's security software patches up to date
  • Use proper anti-virus software services
  • Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can't be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

 

Home users and small businesses can take the following steps to protect themselves: 

 

  • Run Windows Update
  • Make sure your AntiVirus product is up to date and run a scan – If you don’t have one install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor

 

Make it difficult for hackers so they go looking for other targets.

 

If you are hacked report it to Action Fraud and the Police.

 

For more information, contact Axiom Cyber Intelligence

 


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