“If You Are Reading This, You Probably Weren’t Hacked Last Week” – So Now What?

First, the basic facts about the recent ransomware attack:

  • US-CERT has received multiple reports of WannaCry ransomware infections in several countries around the world.
  • Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored. Ransomware spreads easily when it encounters unpatched or outdated software.

Second, check your systems:

Third, check your hygiene:

  • Stay up to date on software updates and patches.
  • Educate personnel to be sensitive to malicious threats.
  • Test users to make sure they will be appropriately skeptical of incoming emails and, if necessary, discipline users who are repeat offenders and threaten the security of your network.

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