What’s the recent ransomware “WannaCry” attack?
Ransomware is a kind of malicious software that, as its name implies, takes a computer hostage and holds it for ransom $$. In this case, the attackers are asking for at least $300 in bitcoins (Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money) for each computer affected by the attack.
With ransomware attacks, the malware locks down the targeted machine, encrypting its data and preventing the computer owner from accessing it until he or she agrees to pay up. The #WannaCry ransom trojan virus is just the latest in a long list of similar trojans.
Ransomware is now considered a fact of life in today’s cybersecurity landscape, but that doesn’t mean SMBs are protecting themselves from a potential ransomware attack or even know it’s a possibility.
Often, users recognize a ransomware threat after it is too late. According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, 23 percent of SMBs that receive phishing emails open them, and 11 percent click on the attachment.
Unlike typical ransomware attacks, which require a user to open an emailed attachment or click on an emailed link that contains malicious code, the WannaCry ransomware appears to transmit itself without the user doing anything.
Cyber criminals are doing their best to hack into your network, computers and your users every day as security vendors are releasing new tools to help protect you.
Please remember: we can never guarantee that hackers, ransomware, malware or viruses will never get in as long as a user is connected to the internet at your business. All we can do is recommend the best tools to protect you and restore your systems if they do. Call Savage at (813) 240-7772