“WannaCry” ransomware is targeting Microsoft Windows computers

Good Morning friends!

Today, we at Anywhere technologies would like to give you some information about the CyberAttacks last week, and how you can protect yourself as these attacks continue!
“WannaCry” (also referred to as WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r 2.0,Wanna Decryptor) is a ransomware program targeting the Microsoft Windows operating system. On Friday, 12 May 2017, a large cyber-attack was launched using it, infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 28 languages.[7] The attack has been described by Europol as unprecedented in scale.”

“Like previous ransomware, the attack spreads by phishing emails, but also uses the EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, (NSA),to spread through a network which has not installed recent security updates to directly infect any exposed systems. A “critical” patch had been issued by Microsoft on 14 March 2017 to remove the underlying vulnerability for supported systems, but many organizations had not yet applied it.”

Anywhere Technologies believes that in this instance, preventative measures are best.
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10, and the latest anti-virus then you are likely protected from this specific threat. That said, we urge you not to be complacent about your machine’s security. The best protection is to keep your computer(s) up to date with the most recent security and patch updates from Microsoft and Windows Update, as well as updating the virus definitions on your specific Anti-Virus of choice.
If you are still using Windows Vista or Windows XP, we can’t urge you strongly enough to reconsider upgrading your operating system to a more current release in order to lessen your odds of attack. Microsoft and most Anti-Virus programs on the market today no longer offer support for these older operating systems.
Most viruses/malware/ransomewear/exploits specifically target older operating systems these days in order to compromise businesses and private citizens who rely heavily on these os and are either unable or unwilling to upgrade.
There’s a really great article below that was published by CNet that you might also wish to check out!

https://www.cnet.com/news/wannacry-wannacrypt-uiwix-ransomware-everything-you-need-to-know

Thanks,
Scott Kellas
Operations Manager
Scott@anywheretechnologies.co

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