Do you remember WannaCry? if not, keep reading, if you do, you may want to skip the first part.
WannaCry is a ransomware which was famous back in 2017 when a worldwide cyber attack affected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. The malware targeted Microsoft Windows computers, encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The malware was using a vulnerability in all Microsoft Windows systems in order to penetrate the systems and spread itself across the whole network.
Some of the many organizations affected worldwide at that time were:
- National Health Service hospitals in England and Scotland (70,000 devices)
- Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
- Renault also stopped production at several sites in an attempt to stop the spread of the malware
- Spain’s Telefonica
- and many others
What happened with WannaCry Recently?
By this time I would expect that every computer around the word if fully patched with all Windows updates deployed, including the one for WannaCry.
However, this is far from reality. A report from the security firm Armis shows that there are around 145,000 devices worldwide infected.
The report also mentions that WannaCry is still launching 3,500 successful attacks per hour.
Do you have Windows computers? Are they running with the latest patches? Do you have a system in place to manage the updates and maintenance of your computers?
Yeah, I know too many questions, but at the end of the day your information and your business may be at risk if you do not keep up with the latest updates. If you need help managing these updates and maintenance of your computers, contact us here.
An as always, be safe out there until next Malware Monday.