cyber securityIt’s no secret that cyber threats are becoming more widespread and sophisticated day-by-day. But, according to an article on CNN today, cyber security experts were stunned worldwide by the outbreak of WannaCry, a ransomware that infects Windows computers and locks down all files, holding them for ransom. Victims of the attack have six hours to pay and the ransom amount grows with time.

According to the article, the massive ransomware attack has already hit over 99 countries. In the first 10 hours since it was discovered, over 75,000 attacks were recorded. One security architect, Kevin Beaumont said that this is turning into one of the biggest cybersecurity incidents he has ever seen.

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Photo Credit: CNN.

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Photo Credit: CNN.

The Intronis take: This kind of outbreak presents IT service providers with a challenge but also an opportunity to visit the topic of cybersecurity, backup, and data protection with new and existing customers.  In particular, make sure that customer security is up to date, to keep them safe from malware threats like this one.

WannaCry is traveling through a Windows exploit named “EternalBlue” which is a vulnerability that Microsoft patched back in March.

 

Lauren Beliveau

Posted by Lauren Beliveau

Lauren is an Editorial Associate at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda. In this position, she creates and develops content that helps managed service providers grow their business. She also regularly writes The MSP’s Bookshelf and our Ask an MSP Expert column.

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