“WannaCry” Blocked by Symantec – Best Practices Against Ransomware.

A world wide cyberattack that caused chaos On May 12, 2017  is still ongoing involving a ransomware named WannaCry (aka WCry). These attacks are targeting and have affected users from various countries across the globe. The WannaCry threat will encrypt data files on infected computers and ask users to pay a $300 US ransom in bitcoin to decrypt their files. A specific exploit against this vulnerability, code-named “Eternal Blue”, and was made available through a dump of various attack tools by the group Shadow Brokers, on April 14, 2017. Analysis indicates the attack spreads through an SMB remote code execution in Microsoft Windows. This was announced and patched by Microsoft on March 14, 2017. That is two whole months where if a patch […]

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What is Ransomware and how to avoid it.

In one time in our internet browsing lives we may have come across to what is referred to as Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. As silly as it sounds it is a real thing. Ransomware attackers force their victims to pay the ransom through specifically noted payment methods after which they grant the victims access to their computers or to their data.  The attacker usually pretends to be local law enforcement, demanding a “fine” to be paid in order to avoid arrest and to unlock their computers. There are two types of Ransomware – lockscreen and encryption Lockscreen Ransomware shows a full-screen […]

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