Stephen Bonner, a partner in KPMG’s cyber security practice, says: "This fantastic effort across over 10 countries and including the NCA in the UK, the FBI in the US and private sector organisations have 'cut the head of the hydra' of the control networks that steal banking access and encrypt data for ransom. It not only cuts off the flow of money to the criminals and helps unmask their identities but it also means that the current infections cannot be updated with new versions.
“However, like any hydra, the heads will grow back and organised crime will return, but this event presents a unique opportunity to clean up our systems while the criminals cannot update their infections.
"Our advice is to patch, update anti-virus and run scans and most importantly take backups of critical data that are not accessible from your machine directly. This will have a better chance of cleaning out current infections of this sort than ever before, helping to reduce the risk of being affected in the future and reducing the impact should your critical data be encrypted or otherwise corrupted. If you are only going to do one thing then make sure you backup before the botnet returns."
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Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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Notes to Editors:
* Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones and Beth Axelrod, The War for Talent (Harvard Business School Press, 2001).
** Survey by AM Azure of the organizations featured in The War for Talent analyzing 100 plus firms to evaluate current corporate performance in 2013.
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