Tips to save yourself from wanacry type Cyber Extortion
WannaCry and Petya are just the latest examples. Ransomware has been a major contributor to the majority of successful attacks in the past year, and has caused untold amounts of financial losses for the victims. The actors behind this threat have continuously shifted and improved their ability to execute these attacks.
An online extortion attack that authorities say swept 150 countries this weekend is part of a growing problem of 'ransomware' scams.
The virus locks people out of their files and presents them with a demand to pay hackers to restore access.
Hackers bait users to click on infected email links, open infected attachments or take advantage of outdated and vulnerable systems.
Lawrence Abrams, a New York-based blogger who runs BleepingComputer.com, says many organisations don't install security upgrades because they're worried about triggering bugs, or they can't afford the downtime.
Below are five tips to make yourself a less-likely victim:
1. Make safe and secure backups
2. Update and patch your systems
3. Use antivirus software
4. Educate your workforce
5. If hit, don't 'wait and see'