How many new technologies did your business adopt last year? Too many? Too few? You’ve officially made it through 2017 and there’s no better time than now to review which IT fads were worth investing in, and which ones should be left in the past.
The WannaCry ransomware strain was created by amateurs who copied and pasted security vulnerabilities from a famous hacker group. It’s no longer a threat if you have updated your computer, but as evidenced by a recent announcement, the hacker group will continue to release dangerous security exploits for anyone to use.
The recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks have caused massive disruptions for Windows users. Although ransomware infection has slowed down in the past few weeks, many experts are saying that this is only just the beginning. Soon, newer and far more dangerous strains of malware will be developed.
Microsoft products usually have an end-of-support date, where no more feature updates and security patches will be offered. However, earlier this month, Microsoft has released a security update for Windows XP, an operating system that has been unsupported since 2014. Although releasing a patch for an old system seems unusual, Microsoft does have its reasons.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malware or virus that prevents user access to devices, files or applications, requiring the victim to pay a ransom (money or information) to regain access. The ransomware that we most often see encrypts the user’s files (for example: Crowti, Tescrypt and Locky) and then asks the user to pay a ransom in bitcoins (or similar payment method). If you would like to learn more about ransomware in general, you should take a look at the articles and blog posts listed under the references section at the end of this post.