May 12, 2017
A new piece of ransomware is taking the world by storm. Here’s what you need to know:
This HUGE cyberattack is based on code that was once part of the NSA’s Surveillance Toolkit. That exploit (named “EternalBlue”) was leaked online on April 14th. The attack going on right now is called “WannaCry” and is based on the EternalBlue exploit.
More information about who is getting attacked / exploit specifics can be found at:
74 countries and counting! Here’s a map showing which countries have been affected:
YES. Microsoft patched this vulnerability on March 14 (see security bulletin). If you have not installed this patch, do so ASAP.
Start by practicing good cyber hygiene. Did you know that implementing the first 5 controls of the Critical Security Controls (CSC) protects you from 85% of known threats? The first 5 controls are:
Installing security patches regularly…that’s number 4.