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Manage Ransomware Risks Now

May 17, 2017, Covington Alert

Last Friday may mark the start of a new era in cyber crime. The first worldwide ransomware attack, commonly dubbed “WannaCry,” emerged on May 12. The malware is believed to have infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries to date. A cyber criminal or ring of criminals, taking advantage of an exploit made available by the ShadowBrokers hacker group that reportedly uses tools stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, propagated an attack that installs malware to encrypt users’ data unless a ransom in Bitcoin is paid within a few days. While the actual ransom payment losses have reportedly been minimal, the more serious result of these attacks has been the disruption to victims’ business activities.

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