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WannaCrypt attack; Keeping protected.

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Issue


I’m pretty sure you know it already. There’s a serious Ransom-ware spreading across the globe and this one is again I repeat. Pretty darn serious!

Behold! “WannaCrypt” is here. This is so severe, that it has been reported that more than 95k PC’s are already infected.

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The problem is that the ransom-ware if hit, will lock (encrypt) your files. So that you have no way of opening it without unlocking (decrypt). To unlock, the makes of the malware is demanding a ransom. And we never know if they will give you the key as well.

Apart from that this can spread across to other computers. Which makes things worse. The spread is using something called a Remote code execution that existed in Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) component.

Resolve


Individual user

  1. Update your Antivirus application
  2. Update your Windows Operating System
    Running Windows XP? There’s good news for you. For older systems like Windows XP,  Windows Server 2003 etc Microsoft no longer provides updates as its support lifecycle is ended. However, Microsoft has been generous to publicly make available the patches for the below operating systems due to the severity of the case. Click on the below to view and download the updates needed.

    Windows XP SP2 x64
    Windows XP SP3 x86 
    Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86
    Windows 8 x86
    Windows 8 x64

  3. Run a full Anti-virus scan of your computer.
  4. Pray!

Corporate/Enterprise/ IT Admins

  1. If you have an enterprise Antivirus protection suite, make sure it’s engine is up to date.
  2. Push the latest AV updates to your client PCs.
  3. Update all your Windows Server Operating systems that includes both client and Servers.
    Thanks to Microsoft they’ve got you covered if you still have Windows Server 2003 Operating Systems as well.
    If you have WSUS or SCCM, get the updates and push it. If not, use the below ‘MS17-010’ link below to get the correct update for your system.

Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64
Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86

MS17-010 – Microsoft Security Bulletin Update

Oh and Windows 10 users, you’re all good. ^_^

Written by judeperera

May 13, 2017 at 9:56 am