Latest Ransomware Variant Going Global

There’s a new global ransomware threat, it’s a variant of Petya, and it’s spreading fast.

First, if you’re one of our customers, we want you to know that you’ll be okay. Our client backup solutions are monitored daily and tested regularly. So, even if the worst should happen, QualityIP—Knows IT and we’ve got you covered.

Illustration of an infected computer

That said, there are a few things we all can do to protect ourselves and our computer networks from the headaches and downtime an infection would cause:

  1. Avoid using webmail applications such as Yahoo mail or AOL mail.
  2. Never open an email attachment you weren’t expecting. If in doubt, call the sender and ask if it’s legitimate
  3. If a popup appears asking, “Are you sure?” or “Do you want to run this application?” stop to consider the warning. If you are at all suspicious, say ‘No.’
  4. This ransomware targets emails that appear to be from package delivery companies, human resources, or about wire transfers. Pay attention to these emails and be sure they are genuine before you click on any links.

Feel free to share these simple tips with your colleagues. And, make sure your backup solution is monitored and tested. The reliability of your backup solution is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about.