WannaCry Malware Attack 2017

    WannaCry Malware Attack 2017

    Posted by TImothy Lasonde
    Tue, May 16, 2017


    WannaCry update from NSK

                    WannaCry is far and away the most severe malware attack so far in 2017, and the spread of this troubling ransomware is far from over. This unprecedented malware attack began sweeping the globe late last week, and security researchers estimated that nearly 57,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected by the end of the day on Friday. While the spread of this terrifying ransomware was slowed on Saturday, it was hardly stopped. As of Monday morning, more than 200,000 systems around the world are believed to have been infected.


    What IS NSK doing to protect its customers

    1. Over the weekend NSK technicians worked tirelessly to identify workstations and servers at risk.
    2. We then began deploying patches and updates to those computers identified as being at risk. Microsoft has released a patch to stop WannaCry from infecting additional computers and the spread of the virus has slowed. However it hasn’t stopped and will continue to be a threat until every machine on the internet is patched.
    3. We now are in the process of rechecking all endpoints to identify any additional computers at risk and deploying needed updates.
    4. Some computers and servers will need to be rebooted and we will be requesting a maintenance window for those machines to ensure they are protected.

    Additional Information

                    As you know NSK installs an agent on all computers we support. This agent includes multi layer protection against ransomware and other security threats including Webroot Antivirus, Malwarebytes antimalware software and Open DNS, a web filtration software designed to prevent your computer from accessing a compromised server on the internet. As of now no NSK customer has been infected and we feel confident that the actions above and the processes we use will keep your data safe.

                    Although the agent we use is very effective at preventing these attacks it is not perfect and not 100% guaranteed to stop infection. We still need to rely on our end users being aware of what looks suspicious and asking our helpdesk for assistance in cases where they are uncertain that a link or email is legitimate.

    If you are unsure about a specific email or website link please don’t hesitate to send us an email before clicking on it.

    Together we can ensure that this outbreak does not impact you in any way.



    Topics: cybersecurity, Malware

    Written by TImothy Lasonde

    With over 15 years of experience in the Information Technology and services industry. Tim focuses his management and technical expertise on NSK Inc. He is an expert in many technology fields including Microsoft Small Business solutions, data storage and virtualization, backup and disaster recovery solutions as well as communication systems and videoconferencing. Tim has an unmatched passion for breaking new ground in these areas and adapting enterprise technologies to the small business. Tim joined NSK Inc in 2001 as an associate. He took the role of Partner in 2006 and then as President in 2008 to assist in growing NSK Inc. Tim is responsible for managing the operations of NSK Inc. His duties include managing all of the NSK staff and working with customers to design, manage and implement IT-related projects. Under his direction NSK has continued to be a leading IT service provider in the metro Boston area. Tim is also an active member of the North Shore Technology council. Tim has a BS from the University of Massachusetts.
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