May 15, 2017 by The GLS Team
More than 200,000 computers in over 150 countries were struck with a worm-like ransomware known as “WannaCry” as they were booted up their systems around the world. As word spread, experts interviewed on television said that not having sufficient protection and allowing outdated software to reside on computers contributed to the effectiveness of the attack.
According to the Associated Press, experts urged organizations and companies to immediately “update older Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows XP” with a patch released by Microsoft Corp. “The patch limits vulnerability to a more powerful version of the malware or to future versions that can't be stopped,” the AP said.
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According to Vikram Thakur, technical director of Symantec Security Response, “Just one click on an infected attachment or bad link would lead to all computers in a network becoming infected.” GLS has repeatedly stressed the importance of a company’s defending itself against phishing attacks, which reportedly was used to begin the “WannaCry” outbreak.
CyberheistNews warned: “If you or a co-worker are not paying attention and accidentally open one of these phishing email attachments, you might infect not only your own workstation, but immediately everyone else's computer too. Be very careful when you get an email with an attachment you did not ask for. If there is a .zip file in the attachment, do not click on it but delete the whole email. Remember: "‘When in doubt, throw it out!’"
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