CYBER BLOG: Wannacry is back……Or is it?

CYBER BLOG: Wannacry is back……Or is it?

It’s just over a year since the world was hit with the Wannacry ransomware attack. This was the attack that infected parts of the NHS amongst other large and small organisations.

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been reports of many people receiving emails claiming that all of their devices have been infected with the Wannacry and demanding a ransom is paid in order to stop the devices being encrypted with no hope of recovering any of the files that are on them. These emails are designed to instil panic in the potential victim in the hope that they will take immediate action in order to prevent the loss of any data. The reality however is somewhat different.

These emails are in fact just a simple phishing exercise. There is no evidence that anyone who has received one of these emails has in fact been infected with the malicious software. The criminals are just hoping that they will pay the money without question in the hope of preventing any data loss. This is a common tactic of scammers. They are trying to make the victim panic and play on their fears to get a payday. The “you have been infected” type of scam is nothing new, it is a well-established social-engineering trick that is commonly in form of a ‘Tech-Support’ message or phone call.

If you receive one of these emails the best advice is just to ignore it and ensure that you are carrying out the usual basic steps to protect yourself. In other words, make sure that you have applied all the updates to your computer and software and are carrying out regular backups of your system.

To discuss your Cyber Security needs please email [email protected]

Gerry Grant, Chief Ethical Hacker

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