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Petya Ransomware Outbreak

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You may have heard about the Petya Ransomware attack that is currently affecting computer users worldwide, hitting at least 65 counties, according to NPR. You can read more about the Petya outbreak at HealthITSecurity, the patched security flaw that is being exploited, the government's CERT alert and the most tragic news: a Cadbury chocolate factory was shut down because of it.

As a Weston CompleteCare client, you have multiple layers of protection in-place to help prevent these types of things from bringing down your environment. These may include:

  • WestonBlock email protection helps prevent viruses, malware, and phishing attempts from reaching your inbox. 
  • Managed Antivirus that is constantly being updated to protect opening these types of files and blocking them if they try to attack.
  • OpenDNS content filtering protects you from accidentally loading an infected web site and prevents these types of files from "phoning home" to activate.
  • WestonShield firewalls help protect against malicious inbound and outbound traffic (and has had protection for variants of Petya starting over a year ago).
  • Managed patching services that make sure security patches to help protect you from these types of infections are installed properly and quickly.
  • A solid backup and business continuity device and plan in-place that protects your local and offsite backed up data and that alerts when backups show sign of malware. 

All that being said, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Also avoid browsing to sites you don't recognize or follow links that are unfamiliar.

If you have any questions or are interested in hearing about how CompleteCare can help protect your business, don't hesitate to contact us.

WannaCry Ransomware Outbreak

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You may have heard about the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected computer users worldwide (see this BBC story for the full details along with some technical details at Bleeping Computer). If Weston patches your Windows systems as part of our CompleteCare or other managed patching services, we applied a Microsoft patch to your covered machines back in mid-March that will help protect your computer from this particular ransomware (we also forced the install of the patch recently for machines that hadn’t been online for a while). However, this is yet another reminder to be extremely vigilant about what links you click on and what emails you open. Backups and business continuity planning are also critical if you are infected (read our recent whitepaper for more information on the Business Guide to Ransomware).

Even if you get an email and attachment from someone that you know, if you were not expecting it, contact that person and make sure it was sent by them. Many of these attacks utilize software that will attempt to impersonate an email user and send an email to everyone in their contact list.

If you are a HIPAA-regulated environment (or even if you're not), we recommend reading our blog article on ransomware and HIPAA and the various ways you can help protect yourself

Backups are still the best way to protect yourself. If you do manage to get encrypted with early variants of WannaCry, don’t reboot your computer as the recently-released Wannakey tool might be able to get the encryption keys. The early versions of the malware were poorly written and had a kill switch that slowed things down from becoming a lot worse than it was (new variants have since fixed those flaws).

It's a brave new world out there, stay vigilant.

-- Your Weston Support Team

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

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Microsoft Word 2013 logoA vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Word that could allow malware to get into your system. Microsoft is working on a fix or this, but for at least the next couple of weeks be especially vigilant if you receive a Microsoft Word attachment from someone that you don't know.

If you get a document from someone that you do know that you were not expecting, it is a good idea to check with them and make sure that they sent it. It only takes a minute to check versus the hours to clean up and the possible loss of data if something gets through.

This is a good reminder that it's a cruel digital world out there so definitely don't click on links or attachments from anyone you don't know, and view with suspicion any links or attachments from someone you do know that you were not expecting (especially those that are asking for you to pay an invoice or transfer money). WestonBlock and our antivirus software should block most of these but nothing beats plain old vigilance.

More technical info on the Microsoft Word vulnerability for those of you interested can be found here

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-- Your Weston Support Team

SecurityIn a scary headline for the day, a new strain of malware is spreading by Microsoft Word files that is platform agnostic: It targets both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X in the same file. It’s a macro/VBA-embedded Word document that when opened and macros enabled will download additional files off the internet to cause its pain. You can see a more technical writeup over here.

We’ve said it before: Macro-enabled Word documents are bad news and should be avoided. Get some good email protectioncontent filtering and good anti-virus to help prevent this stuff from getting to your network in the first place. But if it does get there, make sure you can recognize and toss it out before it becomes an issue.

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If you’re a user of Chrome, be wary of a scam that is making the rounds. If you accidently end up on a website that has a bunch of garbled text and a pop-up about a font not found and Chrome needing an updated font pack, do not click on the update button: That is malware waiting to happen.