What you Need to Know: Massive Hack of British NHS

15/05/17 - As you may have heard this weekend the British National Health Service suffered a massive security breach when a hacker installed ransomware within their system, locking many of its employees out of their computers, and preventing any from accessing patient medical files. This massive hack has also hit several other companies in Spain, Russia, and Indonesia.

Experts have laid out some specific steps you can take personally, and as a business, to protect yourself from this type of attack:

1. The hackers in this instance used a vulnerability in the Windows operating system to their advantage. Microsoft had discovered this many months ago and released a patch to secure it. Make sure that your Windows updates are up to date.
2. The ransomware itself came through an email to a user at the NHS with an attached .zip folder. When opened the ransomeware was able to attach itself to the device, and the system. Remember, any unusal emails with attachments should be treated with high suspicion. Don't open any attachments without knowing what they are, and who they came from.
3. Always make sure that you are backing up your device and server. Keeping back ups frequent will help you retrieve your data if you are ever hacked, and prevent you from having to pay a ransom if you are ever a victim of ransomware.

For the updated story on this ransomeware attack and more information please click here for the Washington Post article.