To avoid professional embarrassment and even breach of solicitor client privilege, please don’t open unexpected email attachments, even if they appear to come from someone you know.
Starting on May 12 the world experienced another major cyber attack, this time with the explicit goal of obtaining money from affected users. WannaCry ransomware targets Windows computers. Once infected, this malware encrypts the data on users’ computers and demands a $300 payment in bitcoin cyber currency to release the data back to its rightful owner. Over 230,000 computers in 150 countries were reportedly infected, including systems in Britain’s National Health Service and major banks. Once infected, there’s little users can do other than pay the ransom or do a full system restore from backup.
Researchers are still working out how WannaCry spread, but maintaining up-to-date security patches and not opening unexpected email attachments, even from senders you appear to know, are universal best practices that reduce your risk.
Please contact Michael Downing at LexCloud.ca at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can reduce the risk to your practice from malicious software like WannaCry.