There is a massive malware/ransomware attack sweeping across the internet today. (Mostly hitting Europe, but there are some US reports)
Ransomware is an attack that encrypts (locks) all the files on a computer and requires a payment to regain access to them. Or forced to restore from a backup.
The attack takes advantage of a Windows vulnerability that was patched and an update released through Windows Updates back in March.
- Do not open emails from any unknown sources, and question any links or attachments from known sources. (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP)
- Make sure your computer has proper anti-virus and that it is up to date
- Make sure your computer is up to date with Microsoft Windows updates
If you want to learn more, simply go to google and do a search for ‘wannacry’. All the top hits are for this story that is breaking today (5/12/2017).
If you have any questions or need assistance with making sure your system is properly patched, please call.