Hard Lessons About Malware

Organizations are all working hard in collaboration to bring Atlanta’s critical systems back online but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done and some serious lessons to be learned.

Ransomware: to pay or not to pay?

By now, after the global spread of WannaCry, we can use ‘ransomewared’ as a transitive verb. I may be trying to make light of something nasty here because it’s nasty stuff that has ruined the day for many thousands of people. I hope I never have to help anyone ever navigate their way out of such an insidious trap ever again. Unlikely, that. So, here is some solid, step-by-step advice to take should the gods forbid you ever find yourself in that most unsavory situation.

Are Macs safe from Ransomware?

Nope. The first known ransomware attack on Macs, known as “KeRanger”, was downloaded more than 6,000 times before the threat was contained, back in early 2016. While that number is small compared to the number of ransomware attacks on computers running Windows, these threats are growing and we haven’t seen the worst of them, yet. We can expect to see more attacks on Macs. As more and more people are using them than ever before, those-so-inclined are always finding new ways to exploit Macs.