Cyber Security- Ransomware

A few days ago, many companies around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious Ransomware “WannaCrypt” software first of all for all the people who dont know, Ransomware stops you from using your PC. It holds your PC or files for “ransom”.

Microsoft issued a statement on this here , Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers. Additionally, Microsoft took the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today.

Details are below.

  • In March, Microsoft released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting. Those who have Windows Update enabled are protected against attacks on this vulnerability. For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010.
  • For customers using Windows Defender, we released an update earlier today which detects this threat as Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt. As an additional “defense-in-depth” measure, keep up-to-date anti-malware software installed on your machines. Customers running anti-malware software from any number of security companies can confirm with their provider, that they are protected.
  • This attack type may evolve over time, so any additional defense-in-depth strategies will provide additional protections. (For example, to further protect against SMBv1 attacks, customers should consider blocking legacy protocols on their networks).

 

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