Ransomware targets everyone from home users to healthcare systems to corporate networks; it has become the fastest growing malware threat.
The new ransomware variant spreads rapidly and is especially notable for its multi language ransom demands that support more than two dozen languages and has impacted far-flung organizations such as the Russian Interior Ministry, Chinese universities, Hungarian and Spanish Telco’s and hospitals and clinics run by British National Health Services. Closer to home, the Federal Government has confirmed that three private businesses have been hit by the unprecedented ransomware attack so far, which wormed its way into thousands of computer systems around the world in an apparent extortion plot, shutting users out unless they coughed up payment.
This ransomware is being referred to by a number of names, including WCry, WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCrypt, or Wana Decrypt0r. It is spread through an alleged NSA exploit called ETERNALBLUE that was leaked online last month by the hacker group known as The Shadow Brokers. ETERNALBLUE exploits a vulnerability in the Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) protocol.
Affected Microsoft products include:
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows 8.1
- Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows RT 8.1
- Windows 10
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server Core installation option
Recent “Virtual Criminology” reports plotted the growing involvement of organised crime online. It shows alarming consequences as threats become more money-motivated, and businesses are faced with the prospect of information and identity theft and even extortion. Removing or restricting network services is no longer acceptable business practice and the challenge remains to effectively manage the risk.
At Ultimate IT Services our business objective is to deliver reliable IT networks, superior Managed Services and Secure business continuity strategies to our clients throughout Australia including in the Sydney, Parramatta Region. We provide our clients with exceptional support services, regardless of their size.
Contact us on 1300 ULTIM8/1300 585 468 to learn how to protect your vital information.