Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cybersecurity alert!

We received this warning from Wonderwareon the major Global attack on systems that have been experienced in the past few days. We are sure that other suppliers have issued similar warnings but we though it useful to post this a a reminder to be vigilant always.

The WannaCry ransomware attack has impacted an estimated 300,000 users in 150 countries is a wake-up call for both government and business, said the global body for ICT professionals.
Mike Hinchey, President of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) commented, “While we don’t yet know who is responsible for the WannaCry attacks, we do know that the ransomware was developed out of exploits leaked or stolen earlier this year from America’s National Security Agency (NSA), which had been stockpiling them for use in spying. This is the first widespread application of those exploits, but it’s only a matter of time before other attempts are made using adapted versions of the spyware tools taken from the NSA.”

As the saying is "Think before you click!"

Customer Advisory
WannaCry Ransomware Cyber Security Alert 

Beginning early on Friday, May 12th 2017, a ransomware variant using the EternalBlue exploit for Microsoft Windows began spreading rapidly, locking down businesses and users in more than ninety countries.

Tens of thousands of instances of the malware have been detected. This new ransomware variant known as WannaCry, WCry, WannaCrypt, or Wanna Decryptor, targets and exploits a previously known Microsoft SMB vulnerability.

Microsoft released a Critical Security Update in February 2017 (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010) that addresses the vulnerability exploited by the attacks. This patch was tested successfully for compatibility with Schneider Electric Software.

What you should do
  • Immediately apply the Microsoft patch for the MS17-010 vulnerability.
  • Immediately update your virus definitions (DAT file). McAfee has released an emergency DAT to include coverage for Ransom-WannaCry.
  • We recommend keeping your virus definition files current by updating frequently.
  • Ensure you have recent backups. This alone is the most effective way to recover from a ransomware attack.
  • Ensure all other cyber-defenses are up-to-date.

For more information

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Kind Regards

Wonderware UK & Ireland
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