Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beware of Cybersecurity Threats and Ransomware

Local FBI Field Offices


A new computer threat called WannaCrypt has been in the headlines lately. WannaCrypt is malicious software, or "ransomware", that locks users out of the files stores on infected computers and forces them to pay to regain access. This threat is taking advantage of security vulnerabilities of older versions of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft released an update to patch this problem in March 2017. Users who installed the patches were not affected.

If you or your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack attack, the Health and Human Services Department suggests the following steps:
  1. Contact your local FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force immediately to report the ransomware event and request assistance.
  2. Report cyber incidents to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  3. Share health care-specific information with HHS' Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at HCCIC_RM@hhs.gov.
For additional cyber threat information, check out the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Department of Homeland Security's website https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas.

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