Companies across the globe reported last week that they were struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. The virus froze the user’s computers and demanded the payment of a ransom in the untraceable digital currency, Bitcoin. Experts have suggested that the malware was exploiting the same weaknesses as the WannaCry attack last month.
Experts suggest the malware is taking advantage of the same weaknesses used by the WannaCry attack last month.
Ukraine was hit particularly hard, with firms including the state power company, Kiev’s main airport, and even the Chernobyl nuclear power plant being affected. The anti-virus firm Kaspersky said there had been around 2,000 attacks – mostly concentrated in Ukraine, Poland and Russia.
Problems also affected companies including:
- Aircraft manufacturer Antonov,
- Russia’s oil producer, Rosneft
- Danish shipping company Maersk
- Shipping company TNT
How Can I Keep My Business Safe from a Ransomware Cyber-Attack?
- The first and most important rule is to keep your systems updated. We have covered how to upgrade Windows 7, 8 and 10 in an earlier post. Click here to find out how to update Windows.
- Always run a paid virus protection program and never skip its updates or ignore warnings. We can supply your business with a 24/7 monitored enterprise version of AVG antivirus. Click here to find out more about our antivirus software.
- If you think you may be infected with ransomware or see a warning screen, unplug all internet cables, switch off your router and call us on 01482 424402 for advice. Do not pay any ransoms; there is no guarantee that your files will be recovered by the criminals behind the attack.
Digitalquill: Cyber Security Experts
When it comes to ransomware, prevention is better than cure. We can help you design a more secure system and conduct an audit of your IT security to make sure you have the policies and procedures as well as the software and hardware you need to protect against cyber-attack. If you run a small business and do not have board-level IT representation, then you might want to consider our Virtual IT Director service.