Global Malware Warning

A new Ransomware Malware has hit organisations worldwide. It appears to have taken down hospitals and other major companies in the UK.

So far this virus has not targeted Australia, but even still we have seen it in Townsville. Now is the time to reinforce good email security policy with your staff, and to check your anti-virus definitions are up to date. In addition you can help shield yourself from this virus by making sure your Windows is up to date.

Ransomware is a particularly nasty virus which encrypts all of the accessible data on your computers and networks. You are then asked to pay a sum to receive a password to unlock these files. The ransom amount is usually far beyond reasonable.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  1. Ensure your anti virus definitions are up to date
  2. Ensure your anti malware definitions are up to date
  3. Make sure Windows is up to date
  4. Test your backups

Media Releases and Further Information

Microsoft has released the following statement in a blog related to this ransomware:

Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “WannaCrypt” software. Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful. Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers. This blog spells out the steps every individual and business should take to stay protected. Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/msrc/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks

You can find further information from the Australian government by visiting the following site:

https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service/update-wanacry-global-ransomware-incident

If you want more information or would like Deltas IT Department to perform a network security check for your business please contact us today on 07 4771 7888.