International cyber-attack affects South Africa

Posted on May 17, 2017 by ORC Editor

International cyber-attack affects South Africa

Could your company be at risk?

Late last Friday night the world's biggest cyber attack was launched, affecting 150 countries which included South Africa.

Companies have spent the weekend trying assess the damage and put security measures in place.

The attack, named WannaCry (or WannaCrypt), is software commonly known as ransomware. Ransomware locks and encrypts the user's data until a ransom is paid for the encrypted password or key to unlock the encrypted data.

How was the ransomware spread? Security Experts believe that the ransomware was spread through Phishing eMails and unpatched Microsoft systems.

For those unaware, WannaCry is an insanely fast-spreading ransomware malware that leverages a Windows SMB exploit to remotely target a computer running on unpatched or unsupported versions of Windows.

This attack highlights the need for Security measures to be put into place as soon as possible.

Updated: "Multiple security researchers have claimed that there are more samples of WannaCry out there, with different 'kill-switch' domains and without any kill-switch function, continuing to infect unpatched computers worldwide" (MalwareTech)


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