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WannaCry Global Cyberattack

By Steven DeBlieck, Director of ITWarning, WannaCry Global Cyberattack

You may have seen the news this weekend that criminal hackers have released a new strain of ransomware called WannaCry that spreads itself automatically across all workstations in a network, causing a global epidemic. 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.

WannaCry  plays on vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s software and if you’re not keeping up with their latest security patch, issued in March, you are at risk. Microsoft’s patch covers computers running older operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. So even people with older computers should update them. Apple’s Mac computers were not targeted. Check out CNN’s article: Global cyberattack: A super-simple explanation of what’s going on for one of the better articles we have seen on the topic.

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!”