Yet another mass ransomware attack

At Fortify, we are always looking to improve our service and part of that includes keeping you up-to-date on current events in the IT industry and how such events may impact your business.

Today, it has been announced that another mass ransomware attack is underway across Europe, Russia and several countries across the eastern hemisphere.  The new ransomware is reported to be a similar variant to the recent WannaCry attacks that compromised a wide range of business in May 2017.  According to recent reports, the ransomware displays red text on a black background and demands $300 worth of bitcoin (online currency) to unencrypt the files.

If you are subject to an attack, Fortify would like to advise you to never pay the ransom as there is no guarantee that the files will become available to you.  The only way to effectively recover from such an attack is with a proper business continuity and recovery solution.

The best form of protection is to educate your team on the potential threats and how to identify them.  We would like to take this opportunity to offer some quick tips to share with your team to help prevent future attacks on your business:

  1. Do not open emails or click links from untrusted sources
  2. Hover over the email address or link with your mouse to verify the destination/source of the content
  3. Only visit reputable websites and do not click on unsolicited ads or page links
  4. Never open a .exe file (executable) or enable Word/Excel macros from an untrusted source
  5. If you feel something is off or that your computer may have potentially been compromised, report it right away
  6. If you are unsure, ASK!

Fortify is committed to providing solutions that will continue to protect your business data and better prepare you for future threats.  If you are unsure how your data is currently protected, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Be safe!