SECURITY ALERT: Massive Ransomware Outbreak
The following is a copy of an email sent to all Cloud & IT Services Customers.
Dear valued AppTech customer,
We are following news reports today of a serious ransomware virus outbreak that is currently affecting 99 different countries from all over the world. There have been at least 75,000 detections so far, and that number is rapidly rising.
According to Avast Antivirus (The antivirus system used on all SmartDesk Desktops), the ransomware is mainly being targeted to Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan. This attack (Nicknamed “Wanna Cry”) is encrypting files, changing them to a “.WNCRY” extension, thus making them unable to open. The only way to open these files is to pay the ransom, which is generally $1,000.00+.
Although Avast Antivirus detects all knows versions of WanaCrypt0r 2.0 (Wanna Cry), we strongly recommend EXTREME caution when opening ANY emails or attachments from senders that you do not recognize. Even normally harmless files such as .txt, .pdf, and .jpg files could cause an infection.
DO NOT OPEN EMAILS OR ATTACHMENTS FROM UNKNOWN SENDERS.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.