DICT Releases Advisory on the WannaCry Ransonware

WannaCry Ransonware is one of the fastest spreading cyberthreats today. First discovered a couple of days ago and has now infiltrated hundreds of thousands of computers and organizations worldwide. In line with this latest threat that is still in development, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has just released an advisory through their Facebook page and website giving us information on this WannaCry Ransonware and how to avoid or prevent the attack from happening on your device.

The sophisticated ransomware, known as "WannaCry" or "Wanna Decryptor", exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system. This particular threat hacks your computer files and prevents you from accessing them, if you would like to retrieve your access and files, you will be asked to pay a certain amount of fee first, thus ransomware.

This malware is designed to spread laterally on a network by gaining unauthorized access to the IPC$ share on network resources on the network on which it is operating. It is also believed that this ransomware is spread through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programs. Users like you and me are advised to be extremely cautious in our online activities.

DICT also took the opportunity to lay out some steps that we should do immediately to prevent this malware from reaching our network or device. You can check out the full list on their website. Or as stated in the infographic above posted by DICT on its Facebook page.

As of writing, known targeted operating systems are Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. But of course this may change at any given time since the spread continues to happen up until this very moment.

Source: DICT

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