As of last Friday, a widespread cybersecurity attack using leaked NSA hacking tools is infecting computers in tens of thousands of locations throughout the world.
As of last Friday, a widespread cybersecurity attack using leaked NSA hacking tools is infecting computers in tens of thousands of locations throughout the world. The malware appears to be launching a large-scale ransomware campaign against dozens of organizations, including hospitals, transportation, manufacturing and telecom companies causing outages, delays and losses.
Ransomware is a debilitating form of malware that breaks into a system and locks users out by encrypting all of their files. That data is then held as “ransom” until the hacker’s demands are met.
The software in today’s massive attack, a variant of “Wanna Cry,” was spread via email and then spreads autonomously via network scans and exploiting other vulnerable systems without the need for an operator action, and demands $300 in Bitcoin. Reports of infected computers have been seen in as many as 100 countries, including the U.K., U.S., China, Russia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Organizations looking to mitigate the risk of becoming compromised should follow the following recommendations:
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