WannaCry? Hackers Infecting Hundreds of Thousands Worldwide

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WannaCry Ransomware

You may have seen the news this weekend. Criminal hackers have released a new strain of ransomware now aptly titled “WannaCry?” The strain spreads itself automatically across all workstations in a network, causing a global epidemic. If you or a co-worker are not paying attention and accidentally open one of these phishing email attachments, you might infect not only your own workstation, but immediately everyone else’s computer too.

Be very careful when you get an email with an attachment you did not ask for. If there is a .zip file in the attachment, do not click on it but delete the whole email. Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cybersecurity company F-Secure, called the attack “the biggest ransomware outbreak in history.” This is a cyber pandemic caused by a ransomware weapon of mass destruction.

Hundreds of Thousands Machines Infected Worldwide

FedEx Corp, Renault, Nissan, Russian banks, gas stations in China, and Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica which reported 85% of their systems being down as a result of a cyberattack earlier today, and ironically the Russian Interior ministry had 1,000 machines encrypted. Even the German Railways were infected. Dozens of hospitals in the UK were shut down. Cybersecurity experts have long used the phrase “where bits and bytes meet flesh and blood,” which signifies a cyberattack in which someone is physically harmed. This monster has infected hundreds of thousands of systems in more than 150 countries.

If you need assistance with Ransomware security please give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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