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It's Important to Protect Yourself from Ransomware Attacks. Here's How!

19 May 2017, 10:48 | Patty Hardy

People probably downloaded it from e-mail and allowed it to spread.

The ransomware campaign has been less devastating to the United States than other countries, but has affected some American companies including FedEx. But is the public sector really any worse than the private sector at keeping its IT security up to date and avoiding cybercrime?

While the attackers failed to hack systems and computers that are running on Apple's iOS operating system, systems running on Microsoft's Window faced hardest hit from the cyber crooks. Though, Brad was partly right, the incident has shown the government is keener to attack enemies rather than defend its own citizens or make sure they are not exposed. However, it is extremely ironic that just eight weeks ago, Microsoft released a patch for the "WannaCry" vulnerability.

The hacking software spreads in silence among computers within a system and shuts them down by encrypting data and then demanding a $300 ransom to unlock them.

Microsoft, the company who's network were the prime focus of the attacks, said on Tuesday that it was aware of the group's most recent claim and that the companies security team was monitoring threats to "help us prioritise and take appropriate action".

Avivah Litan, a cybersecurity analyst at Gartner, agreed that the government is "is negligent not doing a better job protecting companies", but added that it's not like "you can stop the US government from developing cybertools" that then work as intended. According to various resources, the attack affected many National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in England and Scotland, and up to 70,000 devices - including computers, MRI scanners, blood-storage refrigerators and theatre equipment - may have been affected. But a report at the end of 2016 suggested that 90% of NHS trusts still had at least one XP system.

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In 2014, the year support for XP ended, the software provider charged $200 per device, and that jumped to $400 per device in 2015. On May 12, some NHS services had to turn away non-critical emergencies and some ambulances were diverted.


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The ransomware attack exploits a flaw in Windows and while this is serious, it not only shows the continued ubiquity of the firm, but it also demonstrates a number of corporations that were affected are still using the older and now unsupported versions of Windows, and that they need to hasten their efforts to upgrade their software packages. Moreover, an operating system built over a decade and a half is not designed for modern hardware or sophisticated attacks that are expected in 2017.

The minister assisting the PM on cyber security, Dan Tehan, told the ABC ransomware attacks cost the Australian economy an estimated $1 billion every year.

A NYC area email security provider, IT consultant and MSP presents simple steps that organizations can take to prevent successful ransomware attacks-in a new ransomware defense article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. The ransomware campaign was unprecedented in scale according to Europol, which estimates that around 200,000 computers were infected across 150 countries.

However, it seems that those with Windows XP are most largely hit by the ransomware.

It is a completely different picture for small companies that don't have easy access to cash for upgrades or access to the highly-skilled resources of government experts or even IT departments.



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