Powerhouse Systems can show you how to avoid this type of ransomware all together. When we talk to people it seems to be a over whelming task as their some may things and products (How do we even get started).
Too many small and mid-sized companies know they have network blind spots, but don’t have enterprise level budgets for true network asset detection and device level blocking. At Powerhouse Systems and our Netshield Partner, we believe small and mid-sized businesses cannot afford NOT to have this protection. Our solutions are affordable, and we are so good at stopping data breaches that we are the only solution in the market that can write you a $250k cyber insurance policy once deployed.
Over half of small businesses will experience a cyberattack, and over 60% that do will GO UNDER within 6 Months of the attack. Instead of asking if you can afford Netshield, the real question is can you afford NOT to have Netshield.
The WannaCry ransomware attack was a May 2017 worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. It propagated through EternalBlue, an exploit developed by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) for older Windows systems. EternalBlue was stolen and leaked by a group called The Shadow Brokers a few months prior to the attack. While Microsoft had released patches previously to close the exploit, much of WannaCry's spread was from organizations that had not applied these, or were using older Windows systems that were past their end-of-life. WannaCry also took advantage of installing backdoors onto infected systems.
The attack was stopped within a few days of its discovery due to emergency patches released by Microsoft, and the discovery of a kill switch that prevented infected computers from spreading WannaCry further. The attack was estimated to have affected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries, with total damages ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Security experts believed from preliminary evaluation of the worm that the attack originated from North Korea or agencies working for the country.