Microsoft’s ransomware cyber attack

A massive international cyber attack that struck last week has left hospitals, businesses, governments and computers within peoples homes affected among 150 countries worldwide.

The virus struck on Friday, as it took control of users’ files and demanded £230 as a payment to restore access. It has left more than 200,000 computers affected, with fears that even more of these ransomware attacks are still to come as people start back at work this week. Many firms have had experts working over the weekend in order to try and prevent any new infections.

It has been bought to the organisations attention that the infected computers appear to be using largely out-of-date devices, and unless customers update their systems there is simply no other way to prevent these cyber attacks from happening and spreading. Microsoft had released a Windows security update in March to tackle the problem involved in the latest attack, but many users were yet to run it.

Due to the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals, we need to be more aware to enable us to protect ourselves against threats. Demonstrating the degree to which cyber security has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers.

 

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39915440

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