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23
May

How can local businesses protect themselves from the latest outbreak?

Doncaster IT specialists, ACS, are urging businesses in the area to be extra vigilant when it comes to their IT security due to the recent Ransomware attacks across the country that have already affected many local companies.

The malware attacks have resulted in loss of access to critical files, followed by a demand for payment to get them back.

The latest attack is called Wanna Decryptor, Wanna Cryptor, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCry or WCry and is believed to be version 2.0 of the ransomware.  It’s spreading quickly and is infecting a large number of Windows systems.

Once a system is infected, the ransomware takes control and begins the self-propagation (worming) process using SMB protocol, looking for more vulnerable hosts and exploiting a Windows vulnerability that was patched by Microsoft in March 2017 as part of their MS17-010.

Mike McEwen, Director of The ACS Group said: “Ransomware is one of the most widespread and damaging threats that internet users face. Its important businesses have an effective means of IT protection in place to ensure they’re secure. This includes having the latest security solutions, good IT security practices and regular training for employees.”

If you have any concerns on the potential vulnerability of your network, contact ACS who can send one of their cyber safety consultants to provide a free assessment. Call 01302 774 820.