'Petya' Ransomware - User Update

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Please be aware that another large-scale ransomware, believed to be a variant of the 'Petya' malware, is spreading globally with countless victims. 

Similar to the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware several weeks ago, the 'Petya' malware spreads across affected machine and network shares to encrypt and hold your files at ransom. 

The ransomware is taking advantage of a vulnerability within Windows that has since been patched by Microsoft. We recommend all users install the latest available Windows Updates to decrease your vulnerability. Running additional virus protection software is recommended, but most of all users should remain vigilant when clicking links or opening attachments from unknown sources. 

I am happy to report that we have yet to see any of our clients affected by the ransomware, however to decrease your vulnerability please ensure you are:
  1. Performing regular Windows Updates.
  2. Using up-to-date virus protection.
  3. Performing regular Front Desk backups, storing the backup device away from the computer to ensure it isn’t infected and made unusable
  4. Not opening links or attachments from unknown sources.
For further information please contact your I.T. support people.
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Andrew, Community Manager

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Posted 1 year ago

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It is nearing the end of the day, and we have had no reports of the "Petya" ransomware amongst our thousands of users. This is good to hear.

We hope this information helps provide some perspective around this issue.
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