Week in IT: Insights on WannaCry

May 19, 2017  
Here’s a look at the latest news around the WannaCry Ransomeware threat and the ways in which MSPs are responding to protect client data. 

WannaCry ransomware: Everything you need to know

One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world...It's called WannaCry, and it's brought computer systems from Russia to China to the UK and the US to their knees, locking people out of their data and demanding they pay a ransom or lose everything. So far, more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected, with victims including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies and warehouses.

From Kill Switch To Bitcoin, 'WannaCry' Showing Signs Of Amateur Flaws

Cops have a decent shot at catching run-of-the-mill online scammers — say, the guy selling a car that's just too good to be true on Craigslist. But catching ransomware attackers is generally much more difficult — unless they slip up. The criminals behind the "WannaCry" ransomware attack may have done just that. Experts are now seeing some amateur flaws emerging including an easy-to-find kill switch and the unsophisticated way the attackers are demanding bitcoin from their victims.

Five cyber security imperatives for all companies

There are five things all companies should ensure they are doing in terms of cyber security. All organsations should do everything they can to control what they can to improve their resilience to cyber attack, according to Scott Carlson, technical fellow and executive security advisor at BeyondTrust.

Don’t WannaCry? Secure Customer Data Against Ransomware

Disaster has struck.  Despite your best efforts, a capable strain of ransomware has struck your network, infecting unknown numbers of machines and extorting users for money in exchange for their data.  With the advent of WannaCry/Wana Decrypt0r, this issue has occurred on an unprecedented scale - impacting tens of thousands worldwide- underlining that there is a continued threat of ransomware to any and all endpoints.  Considering the impact it has had on countless people and organisations globally, now seems like an excellent time to plan for how to prevent and respond to such threats.

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