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WannaCry? Ransomware Is Latest Cyber Risk

WannaCry? Ransomware Is Latest Cyber Risk

May 2017 found many organizations scrambling to neutralize the latest ransomware threat: a cryptoworm named WannaCry. Large portions of the National Health Service in the UK, FedEx, and many other companies were affected, unable to provide services to their clients and customers, as their computers systems were on lockdown. Data on their servers was being held for ransom. WannaCry spread quickly. It was estimated that 230,000 computers were infected in just the first 24 hours after it was released, crippling businesses all over the world. How is ransomware like this spread, and what can you do to protect your business? How Is It Spread? WannaCry and other ransomware viruses are spread via email. The email contains a harmless looking link that, when clicked, can take down an entire network. Data on the network is then held hostage by the WannaCry hackers until a specified sum of money (usually in bitcoin) is paid for release. You can keep your company from becoming a victim of this ransomware by learning (and teaching your staff) to recognize fraudulent emails.  Signs of suspicious email include: You do not recognize the sender. You know the sender, but the message doesn’t look like something this person would send. The subject and/or attachment name is vague or confusing. The email contains spelling or grammar errors, or random capitalization of words. Many people within your organization are cc’ed on the same message. You were not expecting the message or it is not related to business. Such suspicious emails should be deleted unopened if at all possible. If opened, do not click links that appear unusual, or are...