By Razvan Muresan on May 16, 2017 |
Ransomware infections impact individual users and businesses, regardless of size or industry, by causing service disruptions, financial loss and, in some cases, permanent loss of valuable data. In 2016, the number of ransomware attacks increased 300 percent from 2015, with over 4,000 attacks detected per day, according to US government statistics. WannaCryptor (WannaCry), the most recent version of ransomware, has targeted businesses in more than 70 countries around the world, with more than 250,000 infected terminals so far.
By late Monday, cybersecurity officials said the globe-spanning WannaCry cyberattack had largely been contained, though governments and companies are likely to continue disclosing instances of infection for days or weeks as they get a better handle on the scope of the attack, the WSJ reports.
The FT reports that "at least a dozen other NSA tools are currently being discussed and worked on as the basis of potential new cyber weapons on hacking forums on the dark web."
Here are the top tips to stop your business being hit by WannaCry ransomware:
- Keep your computer up-to-date. Deploy the MS17-010 hotfix and update your local anti-malware solution immediately.
- Backup your data
- Manually disable the SMB protocol, if you’re not using it
- Run endpoint protection on your desktop, laptop and smartphone
- Keep you and your colleagues clued up about computer security threats
While ransomware infection statistics are often highlighted in the media and by computer security companies, the FBI usually faces challenges ascertaining the true number of ransomware victims as many infections go unreported, according to the Bureau.
The FBI also recommends users consider the following prevention and continuity measures to lessen the risk of a successful ransomware attack:
Additional considerations for businesses include the following:
Source: Bitdefender Business Insights in Virtualisation and Cloud Security
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