- May 16, 2017
- Posted by: SouTech Team
- Category: Blog, Cyber-security and Ethical Hacking Training, Softwares
I’m sure you have already heard about the global ransomware attacks that occurred on Friday. Major news outlets like Bloomberg and CNN are calling this the largest ransomware attack to date. Our security analysts are warning us that this is just the beginning. Please see more detail in this blog post.
This type of attack, which marries ransomware with worm type spread, was discussed in our Partner Threat Assessment Webinar hosted by Greg Mosher (VP of Engineering SMB) last Wednesday. The example focused on PetrWrap, similar to WannaCrypt, which targets businesses based on it’s wormy spread. This type of attack is fairly unsophisticated, leveraging simple spam+binary and web exploit delivery methods.
In the case of WannaCrypt (actually WannaCryptOr 2.0), its success was due to exploiting vulnerabilities in Windows file sharing systems. These vulnerabilities had already been patched in supported operating systems. Due to the significant number of machines which were not fully patched or still running older versions of Windows, WannaCrypt was able to have a big impact.
This attack underlines the importance of a good antivirus solution, regular, controlled patching. We urge you to make your customers aware of the value of antivirus, patching and regular backups. Many security analysts, including our own, have said with proper antivirus, patching and backups in place the effects of this attack would have been significantly lessened.
To help you educate your customers on ransomware prevention and protection, we have put together an Emergency Ransomware Kit( Contact us for details). The kit contains:
- An infographic outlining the dangers of ransomware, the impact it will have on your customer’s business and the steps you can take to help keep them safe.
- Email copy and a banner you can use to help make your customers aware of this serious situation and let them know what you can do to protect their business right now.
- Step-by-step guide on how to put the email blast together and how to follow up with your customers and prospects.
AVAST-AVG is fully aware of the intricacies of the Cyber Attack during the weekend and our Product team has confirmed that “AVGAST” products protect against the WannaCry ransomware variant.
Our engineers and developers are working hard to launch a new feature that will further enhance the current program, the release date is set for June 27th.
If there is anything we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.