Companies Victimized By WannaCry Ransomware Could Be Sued For Negligence

19 May, 2017, 15:03 | Author: Oscar Goodwin

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By Monday afternoon, it the ransomware had targeted around 200,000 organisations in 150 countries.

Following the flurry of reports of the attack, the chief of global and legal affairs at Iran's Cyber Police warned that the "ransomware", which has affected countless computer systems worldwide, has done the same to some systems inside the country.

The report further quoted the UP police saying that WannaCry may enter your organisation as a phishing email with malicious attachment or URL. The problem has affected organizations and individuals running Windows XP, an older version of Windows that had some security faults that the ransomware exploited. They threaten to block access to the files until a ransom is paid.

The effects of the ransomware attack were felt around the world, affecting computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in several countries. "They won't even report any attack".

This reality was once again in the forefront over the weekend, as a massive ransomware virus known as WannaCry spread across the globe and captured headlines.

Microsoft has already issued a warning to users that they need to update their software, and are also pointing to a page with instructions for how to disable Server Message Block as a temporary solution.

An exploit discovered and built upon by the USA's National Security Agency called EternalBlue was leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers earlier this year.

"We believe the recent ransomware attack could accelerate the Windows upgrade cycle for enterprises".

More importantly, if you're still using an old and unsupported version of Windows (Vista, XP and older), please stop using it immediately and think about upgrading to a supported version as soon as possible (Windows 7 and newer).

Businesses and home users can follow similar steps to ensure safety, notably keeping security software patches and antivirus software up to date. Microsoft for its part has been pushing customers to move to the latest Windows 10, which it claims is much more secure and has regular security update.


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