15 May 2017

Hi everyone,

I am going to sound like a broken record [again]. Ransomware is still alive and well and unfortunately that is [in part] thanks to people that do not follow basic security practices.

The latest Ransomware “a la mode” is Wanna Cry, good summary here:  https://community.sophos.com/kb/en-us/126733 What is really sad and makes me want to cry (pun intended) is that it exploits a vulnerability from March 2017, aka, if you had that patch installed you would be much better protected.

In this day and age, patching is not a nice to have, it is one of the most basic step you must take to protect yourself, please read here for more: 8 Steps to stop Ransomware: https://alcit.com/8-steps-to-stop-ransomware/. If you still do not have this covered, I would suggest professional help, many firms out there specialize in keeping you up to date and out of trouble (including us).

Good write up from Microsoft: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

One important thing to note, Microsoft has exceptionally released a Windows XP patch on Friday, so make sure you deploy ASAP to your Windows XP system.

Here are the links to the XP Patches:

http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=4012598

Happy patching.

Loïc

 

Other articles that might be of interest:

Is your firewall leaking?: https://alcit.com/is-your-firewall-leaking/

The case for SECaaS (Security as a Service): https://alcit.com/the-case-of-secaas/

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