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Cyber Chaos from Ransomware Attack Spreads with Workweek’s Start

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15May2017

Cyber Chaos from Ransomware Attack Spreads with Workweek’s Start

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A new global ransomware attack made an appearance over the weekend causing chaos in over 150 countries.

 

The malware is most often spread via emails which trick the user into clicking on a link, according to Atty Mashatan, a professor at Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management in Toronto.

 

“It looks as if it’s from someone you know, in your contacts. You click on it, and bingo. The actual¬†malware, the file, is downloaded.”

What if I’ve already been attacked?

  • Do not pay the ransom demanded by the WannaCry ransomware, cybersecurity firm Check Point warned in a blog post Sunday. The company said there is no evidence of the hackers giving people files back.
  • For individuals, it might be worth contacting local IT support services.
  • Businesses should contact law enforcement and provide as much information as possible.
  • Restore backups of data.

How can I prevent ransomware attacks?

There are also steps that can be taken to protect against ransomware more generally. These include:

  • Making sure anti-virus programs are up to date and updating all software.
  • Back up copies of data.
  • Scrutinize links and files contained in emails.
  • Only download software from trusted sources.

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