Windows issued a security patch March 14, 2017 which would have prevented this attack on any computer. More than 200,000 attacked computers in 150 countries were running older Windows programs that had not been updated. If all of your computers are on Windows 10, they were not vulnerable. WINDOWS PROGRAMS BEFORE WINDOWS 10 WERE ATTACKED. PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THIS RELEASE FROM MICROSOFT TO UPDATE YOUR COMPUTERS: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010.
“The malware believed to be behind the attacks encrypts data on infected computers and essentially holds it for ransom, demanding money from users in return for their files. Known as WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor, the so-called ransomware program homes in on vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows systems,” according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. We wrote to many of you last year warning of more and more ransomware attacks over a year ago, as our cyber expert, Bryan Seely predicted. He and other experts are warning that more, less-vulnerable malware is likely to be released this coming week.
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