By The Global Cyber Alliance
WannaCry is the global ransomware attack that took the world by storm beginning earlier this month. Reports vary, but it appears that more than 240,000 machines across 150 countries were hit. A kill switch was found for WannaCry, but it is apparent that there are more exploits to come. So what do you do to protect your systems and data? We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you find the information you need to educate yourself and take action.
The fix to the vulnerability that allows the WannaCry exploit is a security update (patch) for Microsoft Windows. Keeping your systems up to date with the latest software and updates is an important step to reduce your risk in the future against ransomware and other vulnerabilities.
Information about ransomware, how to protect your computers and networks, and what to do if you do fall prey:
No More Ransomware
No More Ransomware is a project of Europol’s EC3 and Politie, the Dutch Police along with numerous industry partners and law enforcement agencies around the world. Here you will find information about ransomware, prevention advice, decryption information, and reporting information.
More alerts and information about ransomware and other security vulnerabilities
Below is a list of agencies and websites that have detailed information about this ransomware attack. These agencies are also great resources for cybersecurity alerts and information about how to protect your computers.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – US CERT
U.K. National Cyber Security Center
Europol European Cybercrime Centre – EC3
If you are the victim of a ransomware attack or become a victim of cybercrime in the future be sure to report it.
Reporting Guidance and Information for Europe
For reporting in Europe, visit Europol’s website for a link to where to report in your country:
Reporting Guidance and Information for the U.S.
In the US, report cybercrime to your local law enforcement agency and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center: