Cure (aka ‘patch’) for new cyber threat (WannaCry; wreaking havoc as we speak)

Malicious software (“ransomware”) is, as we speak, wreaking havoc on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world.

The ransomware bug infecting computers as you’re reading this is known as WannaCry (or WanaCrypt0r 2.0, or WCry).

If your device gets infected the software encrypts your files so that you can’t access them.

The WannaCry program then demands payment in Bitcoin for you to regain access.

WannaCry is not just any old ransomware program – it’s also a worm, meaning that it gets into your computer and looks for other computers to try and spread itself as far and wide as possible.

WannaCry exploits a weakness in the Windows operating system that is believed to have been developed by the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

A group called the Shadow Brokers – believed by some security experts to have links to the Russian government - may have stolen it from NSA servers.

Click here to download the patches Microsoft has created to stop WannaCry in its tracks.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed LAWtrust Head of Professional Services Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic.

LAWtrust is a leading cyber security company.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it) for advice on how to avoid falling prey.

WannaCry has spread to South Africa.

Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic, LAWtrust

It’s a phishing attack… that uses a worm to spread from one computer to another.

Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic, LAWtrust

…there is a 12% probability of falling prey…

Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic, LAWtrust

This attack is unprecedented in terms of the number of machine affected.

Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic, LAWtrust

Click here (then“like” the page) to follow Bruce on Facebook.

Enter your email address in the form below to receive a newsletter containing the most-read articles of the week from Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show every Friday morning in your inbox.

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter

Article brought to us by Old Mutual.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Woolies launches ‘One Small Spoon’ campaign to help end hunger in South Africa

Woolies launches ‘One Small Spoon’ campaign to help end hunger in South Africa

14 million go hungry every day in SA; 33% of food produced ends up in landfills. Bruce Whitfield interviews Zinzi Mgolodela.

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

The Rosslyn plant makes 15 BMW X3 SUVs per hour for export around the world. Bruce Whitfield interviews BMW SA's, Tim Abbott.

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

Here we go again… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa Connected Host Lee Kasumba.

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Madzonga, who claims innocence and that Chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi lied to him.

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Recession? What recession? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pick n Pay CEO, Richard Brasher.

Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

Idols judge Unathi Nkayi gets intimate - opens up about money, beliefs about it

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Nkayi about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Popular articles
I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

I worked for that money! - Robert Madzonga (VBS shareholder Vele Investments)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Madzonga, who claims innocence and that Chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi lied to him.

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

Take a look inside BMW South Africa’s high-tech X3 producing factory

The Rosslyn plant makes 15 BMW X3 SUVs per hour for export around the world. Bruce Whitfield interviews BMW SA's, Tim Abbott.

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

The sun sets on Zimbabwe’s new dawn as inflation hits 155%

Here we go again… The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa Connected Host Lee Kasumba.

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Pick n Pay sells most groceries in 5 years

Recession? What recession? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Pick n Pay CEO, Richard Brasher.

Support for #CherlyZondi as she wraps up her testimony against Tim Omotoso

Support for #CherlyZondi as she wraps up her testimony against Tim Omotoso

Wits Institute For Social Economic Research research associate Lisa Vetten looks at how witnesses cope on the witness stand.

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Sanral considers new measures to 'aggressively' tackle Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Discussions between Sanral, and the Ministers of Finance and Transport have apparently reached an advanced stage.

'The EFF presser was about blaming Pravin Gordhan'

'The EFF presser was about blaming Pravin Gordhan'

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela gives a summary of what came out of the EFF presser.

'Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort'

'Racism is a daily thing in Hartbeespoort'

Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative spokesperson Russel Baloyi talks about racism in the community.