WanaCrypt0r Ransomware is a computer worm that encrypts information on an infected computer and attached drives and demands a ransom to recover the data. In the past 24 hours this worm has been spotted in almost 100 countries with tens of thousands of reported infections. The infections have been reported in hospitals, large corporations, banks, and utilities.
Tech support scams have been around since about 2008, but it seems like there has bee a uptick in the frequency that they are happening these days. In today’s post I will go over what these scams are, how to spot them, and what to do about them.
This is just a quick reminder. Do NOT ever open e-mail attachments, unless you personally know who the sender is. Even if you do know the sender, do not open the attachment unless you were expecting it. In fact, I would recommend not ever opening an attachment to an email.
Let me tell you a true story that happened a few weeks ago. A customer of ours called with an issue with their Quickbooks data. Their company file had become corrupted and, unfortunately, their Qiuckbooks backup was out of date.
We have all heard it, or perhaps, even said it, "my computer crashed!!!". What exactly does that mean? Did the computer literally drive out of your house, run the stop sign at the corner and run into another computer out on a joy ride? I mean, we all know computers have a mind of their…