WannaCry & Ransomware – Could your business be at risk
Ransomware – Encrypting data and demanding ransom
Ransomware is the infectious new trend in hacking and cyber attacks, having effected around 72% of businesses in the UK in 2015. The premise of ransomware is all in the name; after exploiting a weakness in a host machine, the malware will block access to files until a fee is paid, essentially holding your personal information and data for ransom. The notion of this is already scary when considering the loss of your personal files, however is even more ominous if you are a business owner with gigabyte upon gigabyte of sensitive data, crucial for day to day operations. Ransomware can spread in a few ways, most commonly and simply through phishing and spam campaigns via email, as well as fake 'software update' downloads usually through pop-ups.
However, more recently ransomware has evolved to the point of being almost undetectable until too late, infecting systems without the user being any the wiser!
WannaCry – A Worldwide cyberattack
The recent 'WannnaCry' outbreak has proven that ransomware is becoming the favourite of hackers for its effectiveness and profitability.
The outbreak saw huge institutions and corporations, including the UK National Health Service, Renault, and the Russian Interior Ministry, brought to a standstill. The infection exploited weaknesses in older versions of Windows operating systems still using SMBv1 and SMBv2, including various iterations of Windows Server 2003 and 2008, commonly used in small to large scale businesses. The most worrying revelation WannaCry provided on the subject of ransomware, is its ability to specifically target IP addresses and spread to machines on local networks instead of relying on the rather random approach of spam email campaigns and phishing.
How To PROTECT Your Website
The OneHourSiteFix team with our SharkGate™ website protection has already halted hundreds of attacks like this through our advanced ransomware protection, and the numbers are only growing. Without malware protection, a ransomware infection may already be laying dormant on your websites. Running a business already comes with stress and responsibility, and often time and focus cant be spent on keeping your business website, webserver or PC's patched and secure from potential attack. In the case of WannaCry, this exact issue was one of the fundamental reasons the malware was able to spread with the haste and ferocity that it did; simple vulnerabilities that were overlooked in the everyday running of a business.
Always remember, when it comes to fixing a hacked website infected by any form of ransomware, never pay the ransom. Consult a website security service like OneHourSiteFix or any other. Paying the ransom this will only leave your website susceptible to future attacks and advertise your websites vulnerability to other hackers. Not only this, but there is no guarantee that after any payment your files will be recovered at all, causing irreparable damage to your business operations and even your business' reputation.
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Although the WannaCry strain itself has been slowed, there is still grounds for tears. Already, new variants of the ransomware have been found and some have yet to be thwarted and, given the dramatic rise in the use of ransomware in general, it is likely that this exploit will only grow in popularity. Information security experts, after analysing the code of WannaCry have determined it can be easily modified to make countering it much harder.
As this type of compromise can lay dormant within a website (often for many months). Many website owners don’t even realise that they have already been affected until the payload code is 'woken up'. Our cyber security team can do a full scan of your website via our FREE website infection / virus check which can not only give you piece of mind but in the event of finding something suspicious – can give you the head start in getting your websites / severs fixed before you are held to ransom. SCAN YOUR SITE FOR FREE
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While you can never completely let your guard down against the bad guys, you shouldn't need to suffer constant anxiety either. And that's why we're here. We're constantly working to fix sites, keep them secure, and help you get back to what you want to be doing – running your business. If you want to protect a website from hackers for the long-term, trust in SharkGate™ to keep you safe.
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