WannaCry (WannaCrypt) Cyberattack
As you may have heard from various news sources over the weekend, a cyberattack using ransomware known as WannaCry (WannaCrypt) is affecting over 200,000 computers and numerous organizations across 150 countries. With many returning to work yesterday, after the weekend, the virus continues to spread.
Ransomware is a malware that prevents end users from accessing their PCs by encrypting files and asking for ransom to decrypt the files. This particular attack is targeting a Windows Server vulnerability.
General Electric Credit Union has not been impacted by WannaCry. We stay current with all software and system updates and continually monitor our systems to ensure top security efforts. Currently, all applicable systems have the required Microsoft updates and as such, have no vulnerabilities to this – or this type – of cyberattack.
Note to Microsoft users: Update your system software
Microsoft released a patch in March 2017 that addresses such WannaCry (WannaCrypt) ransomware vulnerability. To help secure your systems, ensure this patch has been installed on your computer. Microsoft has provided the following description:
While security updates are automatically applied in most computers, some users and enterprises may delay deployment of patches. Unfortunately, the ransomware, known as WannaCry (WannaCrypt) appears to have affected computers that have not applied the patch for these vulnerabilities. While the attack is unfolding, we remind users to install MS17-010 if they have not already done so.
For additional information, as well as helpful diagnostic tools, visit the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) on the Microsoft website.
How can you protect yourself from cyberattacks?
We encourage you to take a moment and review the steps below to help reduce the threat of malware.
- Remain alert when opening emails from unknown senders.
- Report suspicious emails with unknown attachments or links to your email provider.
- Back up your data on all devices to prevent possible loss.
- Update your personal computer systems and ensure your anti-virus is up to date.
- Be wary of any email requesting personal or financial information.
- NEVER enter your password or personal data into a site you’ve arrived at by following a link in an email. It’s better to go directly to the site by typing in the site’s address.
By taking simple steps like these, you can better protect yourself from cyberattacks. For more information on the WannaCry attack or to get additional tips on protecting your computer, visit the Microsoft Malware Protection page.
If you have questions about communications you receive from GECU, or you want to verify the authenticity, please call us at: 513.243.4328/800.542.7093.
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