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“Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and exploits are high and easily available.” This is an extract from the Cyber Security Predictions for 2015 written by the Deon Olton, ICT/Cyber Security Consultant with Caribbean Cyber Security Center.
Cyber security consultants at the Caribbean Cyber Security Center have predicted this level of cyberattacks two years ago based on the threat intelligence available in 2015. Furthermore, we stated that malware and special variants like ransomware will be on the rise across the globe in 2016 and beyond; hence there is no surprise of the recent news.
Almost 72 hours have passed since the WannaCry ransomware attacked computers and networks across the globe. Here’s a recap:
Starting Friday (May 12) hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries were hit. Organizations affected include: The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, Telefonica and Renault. The software infected computer files and demanded a ransom of several hundred dollars payable in Bitcoin.
WannaCry was delivered via a vulnerability discovered in recent Windows Operating Systems, but which was patched back in March 2015.
Several major news outlets today have reported that ransomware software is rapidly infecting thousands of computers across the globe. So far, computers from countries in the US, UK, China, Russia, Spain and Italy have been infected.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that will install itself onto a computer – unknown to the user – and prevent access to files (usually via encryption) unless the user pays a ransom. This particular strain goes by the name of “WannaCry,” however, several variations of the name exist as well.
Organizations including the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) have reportedly been hit, as well as Telefonica, a telco in Spain, and Federal Express (FedEx).
Researchers at Threatpost, part of Kaspersky Labs, have reported that attackers are using the “EternalBlue” exploit recently released by Shadow Brokers and allegedly developed by the NSA. Microsoft security bulletin MS17-010 has additional info on the issue.
Caribbean computer users (residential, business, government, et cetera), should apply the latest relevant software updates, inclusive of operating system and anti-virus, as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection and/or data and information loss.
Sources: CNN, BBC News, Threatpost, Google