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Recent Circulating Cyber Threats
May 2017

 

WannaCry Ransomeware

On May 12, 2017 there were multiple public reports of an ongoing large-scale cyberattack involving a variant of the ransomware named WannaCry (aka WCry). These attacks are targeting and have affected users from various countries across the globe.

The WannaCry threat will encrypt data files on infected computers and ask users to pay a $300 US ransom in bitcoin to decrypt their files. The ransom note indicates that the payment amount will be doubled after three days. If payment is not made after seven days, the encrypted files will be deleted.

Analysis indicates the attack spreads through an SMB remote code execution in Microsoft Windows announced and patched by Microsoft on March 14, 2017. Users who have installed this patch are not susceptible. A specific exploit against this vulnerability, code-named “Eternal Blue”, was made available through a dump of various attack tools by the group Shadow Brokers, on April 14, 2017.

It is highly recommended that your software is up to date with the latest versions to help lower the risk of future infections within your system.

For more information on this particular virus, including a timeline for the recent attacks and technical details please see the Symantec website here.

 

Docusign Scam

There’s a malicious email currently circulating pretending to be from Docusign asking you to review a document.

This email is a scam do not click on any links in the email. The subject line may vary but the sending email address is always ‘dse@docus.com’. This is not an email address used by Docusign.

For information on how to best protect your system from viruses and ransomware please contact your IT specialist or IT Security Provider.

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