WannaCry Ransomware scare! 10 Do's and Don'ts to keep your computer safe

19 Mai, 2017, 17:23 | Author: Come Portier

"In short, it has a lot of computers and at least some of them weren't able to withstand an attack like this".

"In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Tom Bossert, the homeland security adviser of President Donald Trump said people should consider the Wannacry ransomware attack to be "under control" right now" but "represents an extremely serious threat".

"Hopefully people are learning how important it is to apply these patches", said Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer for cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, who helped stem the reach of the weekend attack.

Currently, an estimated 200,000 victims in 150 different countries are reported to have been hit by the cyberattack.

The WannaCry ransomware, also known as WanaDecryptor, broke out last Friday, infecting vulnerable Windows systems like a computer worm.

Prabir Sarkar, CEO of OfficeExtract, a local distributor of Kaspersky Lab, said, "We have so far received complaints from five types of medium enterprises in the country".

Cisco Systems rose 2.8 percent, making it the leading gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up more than 100 points in afternoon trading, as investors focused more on opportunities the attack presented rather than the risk it posed to corporations.

Windows users should update their software to avoid the ransomware, security experts say.

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In a blog post, Microsoft admonished governments around the world for keeping software vulnerabilities to themselves, instead of reporting them to the developers.

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright said the situation could worsen on Monday when workers return to their offices after the weekend and log on.

Australian officials said so far only three small-to-medium sized businesses had reported being locked out of their systems.

In China, many users can't access Microsoft's software patch to fix the vulnerability "because many Chinese computers run on pirated Microsoft operating systems", NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai.

Also enjoying strong protection from liability over the cyber attack is the U.S. National Security Agency, whose stolen hacking tool is believed to be the basis for WannaCry. If you have a backup, there's no need to pay ransom for your data. The RBI has issued directions not to operate the ATMs without the updated Window platform.

After installing the security update, the next best thing you can do to protect yourself against future attacks is pretty simple. One month earlier, Microsoft had released a patch targeting the vulnerability. Use a reputable security software to prevent attacks in the future. "They're just a huge organisation which has had insufficient investment in computer security over the years". Tips include updating software regularly; using anti-virus software; regularly backing up data; never clicking on unknown attachments, banners or links; consulting your anti-virus provider on instructions for removing the infection; and never paying out any money.

As for Microsoft, some intelligence agency experts questioned its NSA criticism, saying it's unreasonable for the company to ask governments to stop using its products as a way to attack and monitor enemies.

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