As of noon Monday, 5/15, NPR says over 150 countries have been hit by Ransomware malware attacks. The consequences are severe. Victims include scores of thousands of businesses and institutions, including the U.K. National Health Service (they had to turn away patients) and railway and other vital services around the world. Some big companies have had to shut down entire factories. One of the biggest oil companies in China had their “payment system” attacked. I don’t know whether they meant payroll or accounts payable. I heard all this on NPR today.
(By the way, do you have a stash of emergency cash buried somewhere? Going to wait until the banking system is hacked or your Social Security or payroll check gets sent to Siberia?)
Old versions of Windows (and Windows 10 installations not kept up to latest updates) are susceptible. There are many ways you can pick up this malware, by browser, email, etc. Continue reading “Ransomware Advice and Old Windows Version Protection Update”