Unless you’ve been completely off the grid for the past several days, you’re probably aware of the global havoc caused by the outbreak of the “WannaCry” ransomware variant. The initial outbreak was stalled by an “accidental hero” who spotted a very strange, nonsensical domain name buried in the code, checked to see if that domain name was registered anywhere, found that it wasn’t, and registered it himself to find out what would happen – thus inadvertently activating a “kill switch” that had been built into the malware. But it’s already starting to spread again, this time without the built-in kill switch.
This particular ransomware variant is different from any seen before, in that it includes some worm-like functionality that allows it to spread across a network to infect multiple machines, rather than being confined to the computer of the poor soul who clicked on the wrong thing. That makes it quite a bit more dangerous.
In my discussions with IT professionals, ransomware tends to be one of the things that worries them the most, because there is no “magic bullet” that can guarantee that you’ll never get infected with it. But there are some things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of infection, and potentially limit the damage if you do get infected: Read More Read More