Kenyan Businesses Warned of Emergence of Lethal Ransomware Virus

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The National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Co-ordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) has received reports of the encryption-based cyber attack in form of ransomware prompting the Communications  Authority of Kenya (CA) to warn Kenyan businesses and the country in general of the emergence of the lethal virus.

The malicious software that infects computers and restricts users’ access until a ransom has been paid, is reported to have infected tens of thousands of computers across the world and continues to spread. Once it infects one computer it tries to infect others within a network.

The virus going by the names Wannacry, Wannacrypt0r and WannaDecrypt0r is specifically targeting computers running on Windows Operating System.

CA warned, “Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom as this does not guarantee that access will be restored”.

The Authority advices an up-to-date offline back up of files to ensure the information can be easily restored incase of an attack; regular updating of software on Windows machines; and use of up-to-date anti viruses.

It also warns users from opening attachments from suspicious and unknown sources.

Users are particularly warned to watch out for “sources that instruct them to enable macros to view content”, and immediately delete the email.

Kenyans are further urged to seek advice on cyber security if in any doubt.


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