On May 12, hundreds of thousands of machines were infected worldwide with a ransomware cyber-attack. The “Wannacry” virus is the biggest ransomware outbreak in history affecting over 150 countries and the effect is still uncertain. Criminal hackers have released a new strain of ransomware that spreads itself automatically across all workstations in a network, causing a global epidemic. It is critical that you take steps immediately to protect your computers and networks from this new cyber-attack.
Imagine you get a pop-up message with a ticking clock on your computer saying all of your data has been locked and will be destroyed unless you pay a ransom. This is known as a ransomware virus or CyptoWall. The virus encrypts your data allowing the perpetrator to request sums of money to unencrypt the data. Data that is lost could include emails, accounting records, client information, company records and legal documents. Your business could experience a significant financial impact if you are not able to restore your data.
To learn more about ransomware, symptoms of the virus, next steps if you have been infected and protecting yourself from future cyber-attacks, download the Ransomware Rescue Manual.
If you have been affected by ransomware or have questions about your cyber-risks, please contact our Technology Services Group and they can help mitigate your risk. Fill out our contact form or call 800-259-2922.