Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WannaCry Attacks Continue Despite Microsoft Patch


Two years ago, a group of hackers (or some think disgruntled spies) calling themselves The Shadow Brokers, released a hacking tool developed by the NSA to the Internet at large.  The script was called EternalBlue and was quickly grabbed, changed and adapted my crooks and foreign  powers.

Once word of the release of EternalBlue became known, Microsoft analyzed the malware and quickly developed a patch for it.  This should have been the end of the story, but instead it’s just a sad beginning.

That’s because the solution to the problem is to update your Windows computer and for some reason (perhaps some even legit reasons) human beings have a hard time updating their computers to the most secure versions available.  Sadly, people do not install recommended security patches.  Because of this, the disaster that is the WannaCry ransomware attack continues to affect (and infect) users on a daily basis.

The best advice I can give you is to quickly and efficiently install all security patches as soon as they are released.  WannaCry is still out there and it is *still* wreaking havoc.  Ransomware that encrypts your data can cause tons of lost productivity as well as permanently affecting your business.  Imagine, for a moment that every one of your patient records suddenly disappears.  How would your practice even function?

By using an effective backup protocol, you can simply reinstall your data from a good backup.  I highly recommend DDS Rescue for this.  Yet, the best defense is to never be infected by WannaCry in the first place.  That’s why keeping your systems up to date with the latest security patches is so critical.  I might seem to be a bit of a   pain and a time suck to keep updated, but the amount of time and money that is spent to recover from these situations is much, much worse.  

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