ANGALIZO KWA WATUMIAJI WA KOMPYUTA.
TANZANIA COMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY
CERTIFIED CRITICAL ALERT TO COMPUTER USERS COMPUTER INFECTION
Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority is aware of number of reported incidents of widely spread computer malicious software named WannaCry Ransomware that infects computer files. The infection has affected several thousands of computers world wide as of Saturday 12th May 2017.
What is it?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software family that infects and prevents users from accessing their files or systems, either by locking the system’s screen or by encrypting the user’s files. Successful hackers termed Ransom demand certain amount of money to realize infected files from your computer. The paying is not a guarantee for access to the infected files, users and organizations are discouraged from paying the Ransom.
How it happens?
The WannaCry Ransomware is infecting Windows based computers that have outdated and unpatched software specifically ones with Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) vulnerability. The patch for this vulnerability was released by Microsoft earlier this year and users of Microsoft computers can secure their computers by installing the security patch.
Quick Tip to stop #WannaCry (for all Windows users, even if you have installed the updates, Just disable SMB if not in use) pic.twitter.com/zfhj0sS4ZY— The Hacker News (@TheHackersNews) May 13, 2017
What should you do?
TCRA is hereby encouraging users and organizations with vulnerable windows computers to consider the following:
1. Keep your computer’s security software, operating system and other software up-to-date.
2. Review security alert issued by Tanzania Computer Emergency Response Teams
3. Apply patches to Windows systems as published in Microsoft security Bulletin