Ransomware Alert

Infections reported worldwide

In recent news, a ransomware attack unleashed on Friday – known as WannaCry – has affected more than 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, including Russia and China. Ransomware is the latest trend in cybercrime which blocks access to your files unless you pay a fee, which can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. It was reported that 60% of all malware last year was ransomware, and 64% of infected users paid the ransom. Unfortunately, paying a ransom does not guarantee regaining access to your data. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  1. Use caution when opening attachments, particularly compressed or ZIP file attachments
  2. Make sure that you update your operating system or software anytime it tells you security updates are available (updates are not just for new features but also for additional security)
  3. Back up your files remotely as often as possible – ransomware is only effective if you don’t have record of the files they’re holding for ransom
  4. Be very suspicious about clicking unfamiliar links and downloading attachments from people you don’t know (and even people you do know)

Just like with diseases, it is so much easier to stop ransomware by taking preventative measures. RIT offers business disaster planning for this exact purpose, so feel free to contact us at helpdesk@ritcompany.com or call our office at (847) 348-3381 for additional information.