Thousands of Infection Attempts
“A quickly-spreading, world-wide ransomware outbreak has reportedly hit targets in Spain, France, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries. On Tuesday, a wide range of private businesses reportedly suffered ransomware attacks. Although it is not clear if every case is connected, at least several of them appear to be related to the same strain of malware.”
Motherboard continued: “The attacks are similar to the recent WannaCry outbreak, and motherboard has seen several reports of infections shared by victims on Twitter. We were not able to immediately confirm the veracity of the reports, but several security researchers and firms also reported the attacks. “We are seeing several thousands of infection attempts at the moment, comparable in size to Wannacry’s first hours,” Costin Raiu, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told Motherboard in an online chat.
The infection screen appears as red text on a black screen and demands $300 in bitcoin. If you see this message, the best solution is restoring your backup files.
Make Sure All Patches Are Up-To-Date
It looks like this one is spreading through SMB just like WannaCry. So even if you are protected with a firewall, it only takes one machine behind the firewall to become infected to then put all other workstations and servers at risk. All devices should be up-to-date on patches to protect against this strain of Ransomware. Click here to see Microsoft Security Updates & Patches.
Your Weakest Link Is Your End User
One click. One wrong link. Almost all security breaches are caused by one end user who clicked on something they weren’t supposed to. Gone are the days when companies were safe with just an antivirus solution and firewall. End users must be educated on how to determine when emails are bad and how to know when not to click. Enter KnowBe4.
KnowBe4 allows you to send fake phishing emails and monitor which end users click. You can assign short, educational videos to those clickers and keep track of who has completed the training. It’s time to take your cyber-security education to the next level! Learn more about KnowBe4 here.
As always, think before you click! Stay safe out there!
– The BECA Team