Cyber security update – Wannacry
On May 12, 2017 a new strain of the Ransom.CryptXXX (WannaCry) strain of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations and businesses.
Wcry is demanding a ransom of $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to be paid by May 15, or, in the event that deadline is missed, a higher fee by May 19. The messages left on the screen say files will remain encrypted. It’s not yet clear if there are flaws in the encryption scheme that might allow the victims to restore the files without paying the ransom.
If you are one of our Managed clients, please be advised we are actively monitoring this security issue and have taken all the steps recommend to help reduce your exposure. but Please be extremely suspicious of all e-emails you receive, particularly those that ask the recipient to open attached documents or click on Web links.
Some of the Crypto analysts out there have managed to stop one of its most devastating features (the ability to clone to all machines) but only because of the way its using DNS entry…. I would expect to this again soon…..