SECURITY ALERT: New Crypto Virus

 

Security Alert Ransomware

SECURITY ALERT: New Crypto Virus

WHO'S VULNERABLE?
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Potentially ALL Windows users utilizing operating systems older than Windows 10. This is a global vulnerability that has hit more than 150 countries and 200,000 computers to date.

WHAT IS IT?
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Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. Called "WannaCry", the latest attack exploits a stolen NSA software weapon that allowed the agency to hack into any of millions of privately owned Windows computers in the US and abroad. Once the computer is locked down, the user receives a ransom demand requiring them to pay $300-$600 to have their computer released. Otherwise the malware will permanently lock down or delete their files.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
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The malware’s main infection vector exploited a vulnerability in Windows, however it also spread with phishing attacks (emails with malicious attachments). This is the main way the malware ends up on corporate networks, so users should use EXTREME CAUTION when using their email. DO NOT download files, open attachments, or follow web links from unknown senders. If you feel suspicious about attachments or links sent by trusted sources, DO NOT click on them. This is an EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE virus!

HOW CAN I KEEP MY COMPUTER SECURE?
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• The vulnerability does not exist within Windows 10 but is present in all versions of Windows dating back to Windows XP.

• Users of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1 can now easily protect themselves against the main route of infection by running the Windows Update from March 2017 on their systems.

• Users of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8 can defend against the ransomware by downloading the new patch from Windows.

• All users can further protect themselves by being wary of malicious email attachments, another major way through which the ransomware was spread.

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