A global cyber attack has been underway since Friday, affecting more than 200,000 organisations in 150 countries. In the UK, the malware hit more than 60 NHS trusts, leading to operations being cancelled and patients turned away from A&E.
The attack in brief
The WannaCry/WannaCrypt/WanaCrypt0r 2.0/WannaDecryptor ransomware exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s SMB software that had been discovered by the National Security Agency and leaked by hackers allegedly associated with the North Korean Lazarus Group hacking institution. It spread rapidly across networks, locking away files until a security expert managed to stop the attack by triggering a ‘kill switch’ on Saturday. The attack affected organisations including the UK’s National Health Service, Telefónica in Spain, and Nissan’s Sunderland plant among many others.
How to protect your business
Ransomware, which demands payment after launching a cyber attack, has become a rising trend among hackers looking for a quick payout. To help protect your business from ransomware, check out this simple infographic to learn what it is, how it works, what happens when your system is infected and what you can do to prevent it. Created by IT Governance, this infographic gathers the latest facts and figures on ransomware, offering suitable advice to help protect your business.