Bitdefender blocks WannaCry ransomware attack

"This free course will be of great interest to those who would like to gain a better understanding of the latest WannaCry ransomware attack, and to those wishing to protect against it as it outlines what steps to avoid the virus and steps that can be taken if your computer has become infected", the abstract states.

Friday's WannaCry Ransomware attack effectively acts as a lesson for governments and organizations worldwide to show how vulnerable they are to cybercrimes due to lack of care and responsibility in protecting their computer systems.

An exploit discovered and built upon by the USA's National Security Agency called EternalBlue was leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers earlier this year. "In India, the use of outdated software is a big problem when it comes to be safe from these attacks", he said.

Its initial objective by the NSA was to gain access to computers used by terrorists and enemy states, but unfortunately, the hackers behind the cyber attack saw this as an opportunity for misuse.

As the first wave of WannaCry attacks struck computers across the world, Microsoft not only advised Windows users to patch their systems, but also upgrade their anti-virus software which acts as the first line of defence in detecting malware.

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The organization that was affected the most severely was most likely the NHS in the United Kingdom, with disruption from the hack continuing to this day.

"In March, we released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting", Microsoft said last week.

According to the FT, the cost of updating older Windows versions "went from US$200 (RM865.50) per device in 2014, when regular support for XP ended, to US$400 the following year", while some clients were asked to pay heftier fees. Windows 7 and newer operating systems are not affected by the EsteemAudit flaw according to Microsoft.

The attacks have managed to succeed despite a patch specifically to combat the very vulnerability in SMBv1 that was issued by Microsoft weeks ago. Meanwhile, home PC users are also encouraged to make sure that their version of Windows is up to date to avoid being hit.

"The most important thing is to install all the updates that are sent to users, not just on operating systems but for all software being used". If you haven't changed your automatic update settings then you should be fine. (Note: the "Windows Update" section is also handy for showing you updates that are now being downloaded or applied.) Under "Advanced Options", just make sure the drop down box is set to "Automatic".

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