2017/05/16 IT & Cyber-Security Solutions 1738 visit(s) 6 min to read
It is no wonder that Saudi Arabia is the primary #1 target for cyber-attacks in the Middle East, and it's important to ensure that organizations in Saudi Arabia keep up to date with the latest security
We will begin by giving you an overview on WannaCry ransomware – what it does and how it works. Then we will introduce you to the simple, highly-effective ways to prevent and protect against this horrible threat. Now let's get started!
WannaCry, WannaCrypt, WannaCryptor, or
On May 12th, the WannaCryptor (WannaCry) ransomware family started to spread and infect thousands of computers all over the world. In just 24 hours, the number of infections has spiked to 220,000 PCs worldwide.
WannaCry mimics the cyber version of a hostage scenario as it blocks access to data on an affected computer until a ransom is paid to the hackers to free all the data.
The attack looks like this: Images appear on victims' screens demanding payment of $300 in the virtual currency Bitcoin, saying "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!"
Payment is demanded within three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received within seven days the locked files will be deleted, according to the screen message.
Believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, WannaCry disrupted computers that run factories, banks, government agencies, transport systems and even medical sectors as it crippled the British health care systems, forcing medical treatments to be canceled or postponed for thousands of people.
WannaCry has spread like wildfire in the Middle East, making Saudi Arabia a prime target as it tried to cripple Saudi Arabia's biggest telecoms Company (STC) on Monday 15
Unfortunately, the rapid spread of WannaCry never seems to stop after the STC incident, and what happened recently could be nothing compared to what might be coming – especially with the recurrent attacks targeting Saudi organizations every day.
1. Upgrade your Windows systems and apply the Microsoft patch MS17-010 to fix this vulnerability, and ensure you always apply all Windows
For users who have Windows XP or Windows 2003, Microsoft currently does not provide
2. It is highly recommended to do a regular backup
3. To ensure sound protection against the growing ransomware and sophisticated malware threats, we also recommend that you get Cisco Security Bundles.
4. If you are an Office 365 user, it is important to use Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, which has machine learning capability that blocks dangerous email threats, such as the emails carrying ransomware. You can also maximize your Office 365 security by having Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security solution.
If you have any concerns about how to implement the best security solution that suits your business needs, contact us now and we will be right there for you!