Weekend WannaCry Cyber Attack Could Affect You This Morning

May 15, 2017

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One of the biggest computer cyber-attacks occurred Friday, which shut down Britain’s Healthcare System for a day, and continued over the weekend with an estimated 200,000 computers in 150 countries in essence locked down and being held for ransom.  The so-called WannaCry Ransomware attack enters your computer through a seemingly harmless attachment.  Once downloaded, it locks up your computer and prompts you to pay a ransom within a certain time window or risk losing everything no your computer.  While the attack occurred over the weekend, many experts are worried of another round of problems as workers return to work today.  The problem is the ransomware may already be on your computer and highlights something that many workers dread and the frustrations of IT departments.  People do not update their computer's software when prompted.  You see, Microsoft discovered a security flaw, the WannaCry exploited last Friday.  However Microsoft sent out a patch to fix the flaw back in March.  But unless you installed the patch or had your computer automatically install the patch, you may be at risk. If not, update your computer with any pending immediately this morning before starting work. In short, the best way to protect your computer is to have software automatically update itself and as hard as it may be to say goodbye to Windows XP, Windows 7 or 8, it's time to upgrade to the latest Microsoft operating software.


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