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Protect yourself from WanaCry Ransomware WMD

May 15, 2017 | SHARE >

You may have seen the news this weekend. Criminal hackers have released a new strain of ransomware that spreads itself automatically across all workstations in a network, causing a global epidemic. If you or a co-worker are not paying attention and accidentally open one of these phishing email attachments, you might infect not only your own workstation, but immediately everyone else’s computer too.

Be very careful when you get an email with an attachment you did not ask for. If there is a .zip file in the attachment, do not click on it but delete the whole email. Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!” and “Think before you click!”

To protect your Windows systems make sure that you have installed all of the Windows update patches.  Keep running Windows update until it says that there are no more updates available.  If you are still running a Windows XP/2003/Vista machine in your network then deploy this emergency patch ASAP: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598

For up to the minute details of this threat here is a great resource:
https://blog.knowbe4.com/ransomware-attack-uses-nsa-0-day-exploits-to-go-on-worldwide-rampage

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