Ransomware Attacks Rampant Worldwide - Danger Will Robinson!!!

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 Ransomware Attacks Rampant Worldwide -
Danger Will Robinson !!! 



 Make sure to back up
every connected computer, server and storage device
on your network.

Any unprotected computers or servers remain vulnerable.


The phishing emails contain malicious links and attachments. When clicked, the intrusion is completed on the recepient's computer - Ransomware has been downloaded into the victim's computer.


CARBONITE - a back-up service - stated:
"A devastating ransomware attack is racing around the globe, locking down data and infecting systems at hospitals, businesses and residences in more than 150 countries in the last 72 hours.

"The WannaCrypt ransomware virus first made headlines on Friday, May 12, 2017, when it began disrupting operations at hospitals throughout Great Britain. By Monday morning, the ransomware had spread to more than 200,000 computer systems worldwide.

"At one point, the creators of WannaCrypt were sending five million phishing emails per hour, according to Forcepoint Security Labs.

"WannaCrypt is designed to exploit a Windows operating system flaw first discovered by the U.S. National Security Agency. Without the patch, systems are still vulnerable."



 Patch issued by Microsoft for vulnerabilities before attack.

Taking a highly unusual step, Microsoft even issued a fix for "retired"

versions of Windows that are still in use.    


From Microsoft:  (QUOTED ENTIRELY)

  • "In March, we released a security update which addresses the vulnerability that these attacks are exploiting. Those who have Windows Update enabled are protected against attacks on this vulnerability. For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010.  Complete chart system by system here.
  • "For customers using Windows Defender, we released an update earlier today [May 12, 2017] which detects this threat as Ransom:Win32/WannaCrypt. As an additional “defense-in-depth” measure, keep up-to-dateanti-malware software installed on your machines. Customers running anti-malware software from any number of security companies can confirm with their provider, that they are protected.
  • "This attack type may evolve over time, so any additional defense-in-depth strategies will provide additional protections. (For example, to further protect against SMBv1 attacks , customers should consider blocking legacy protocols on their networks)."


 VERY informative Video worth the effort despite ad and slow loading.



Fellow ActiveRain member,  Jerry Lucas,

suggests we check out his post about Ransomware as well.



Ransoms must be paid in Bitcoin.

Do you even have any Bitcoin?


Be sure you are safe and then BUY A NEW HOME with us!


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Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty
Skye Louis Realty - Coconut Creek, FL
Residential Real Estate
Yes, Lynn. The ransomware news is all over. The attack has freezed data of many businesses and entities worldwide. It is very alarming that there are groups which utilize such software to solicit money in exchange of data recovery. To some extent, governments worldwide have feared that this can be used for terrorism. Let us all be careful and wary of our data!
May 16, 2017 04:37 PM #1
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty 
And -- in my post -- one can see how easy it is to take the precautions!
Thanks for stopping by - Lynn

May 16, 2017 04:47 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Lynn when I heard about this one I made sure we backed up and right on the spot. So crazy out there - yet again.

May 16, 2017 05:04 PM #3
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I am a retired computer design engineer. I wrote a detailed article on this topic in February at http://abclegaldocs.com/blog-Colorado-Notary/ransomware-protection-and-removal/

Backup alone is not a solution.

May 16, 2017 07:01 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lynn great post I meant to write about this but handling a lot of balls in the air put this on the back burner, gratefully I have two of the best protections, One is Bitdefender that catches and prevents this from happening better than any other  Security program on the market.... second I have  Carbonite and it automatically backs up everything I write simultaneously, the whole deal for both is less than $150 a year... no worries no need for bit coins, Endre

May 16, 2017 10:57 PM #5
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I hope others will read it too 

May 17, 2017 02:49 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn B. Friedman thank you this is good advice and information.  You can never be to careful

May 17, 2017 07:03 PM #7
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