How to tackle the Ransomware threat – “WANNACRY”

Due to a massive increase in the Cyber Threats like “RANSOMWARE“ & “RANSOM-DDOS“, we would request you to be cautious while browsing the internet for the next two to three days and avoid opening unwanted links. A global ransomware threat is affecting Windows systems, and this has brought down computer systems in nearly 74 countries around the world.  Once affected, data recovery from the infected system is almost impossible.

 

Countries with the HIGHEST number of users attacked with Ransomware.

India tops the list of affected countries by Ransomware threat

 

According to anti-virus provider Kaspersky, there were at least 45,000 attacks in 74 countries, Reuters reported. The numbers were an initial estimate and were expected to go up.

India was among the three countries worst affected by the attack, however, there was no immediate information on which companies in India were affected by this cyber attack.

UK publication The Guardian reported that as many as 16 National Health Service trusts, most of which oversee several hospitals, were affected by the attack and that the hospital staff was unable to access patient records.

This Ransomware, called “WannaCry” infects individual computers with a malware that blocks access to all data on the system. The malware encrypts all the data on a computer system and decrypts it only after the user/owner agrees to pay a ransom, usually in bitcoin, between $300 – $600 (around Rs 19,000 – Rs 39,000) to unlock data on a single system.

 

How Ransomware Works

Affected Microsoft products include:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server Core installation option

 

TACKLE THIS THREAT WITH SYSFORE

Sysfore can help you identify vulnerable and prone systems in your cloud network and try to protect them with the available patches and advice to detect and block such vulnerability.

Sysfore is a Microsoft Gold Partner and a solutions partner for AWS having rich breadth and depth of experience in enabling enterprise customers onto the cloud. Sysfore, with varied experience and expertise, have delivered 100’s of engagements ensuring success and better value proposition to customers.

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