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Cyber attack – over 200 US companies hit by ransomware

Cyber attack! Wow, it was all over the news last weekend, a huge ransomware attack was carried out against 200 US companies, reportedly by the eastern european ransomware gang – REvil.

This was bad for so many companies who use the network management tool Kaseya and it’s cloud based system.

Chris Musselle, Director WTS Systems said “We are definitely seeing a major increase in indirect attacks, the attackers are ramping up their efforts to target 3rd party suppliers to access major networks or information.  I believe that any supplier who isn’t taking this seriously or taking drastic measures to secure their networks, and in turn their customer networks, needs to really consider their approach to the safekeeping of their data.”

To find out more about the cyber attacks visit:

Hundreds of US companies hit by ‘devastating’ ransomware attack, cyber experts say – Sky News 03/07/2021

Gang behind huge cyber-attack demands $70m in Bitcoin – BBC 05/07/2021

What are the Risks of Being Hit by a Cyber Attack?

You’ve probably heard about those sneaky cyber attackers who lurk in the digital shadows, but do you really know the risks they pose? Let’s break it down in plain and simple terms.

First off, cyber attacks can leave you feeling like a helpless victim of a digital heist. These cyber crooks can snatch up your personal information like your passwords, credit card details, or even your social security number. Just imagine someone getting their grubby hands on your hard-earned money or stealing your identity – yikes!

But wait, there’s more! Cyber attacks can also infect your devices with nasty viruses or malware like ransomware. These malicious software can lock up your files, hold them hostage, and demand a fat stack of cash in return. It’s like being held captive by a digital pirate, except Captain Kidd isn’t going to let your adorable cat videos go without a hefty ransom.

Now picture this: you’re browsing, minding your own business, and suddenly, bam! Your computer crashes or your data disappears into thin air. Yeah, cyber attacks can wreak havoc on your devices, damage your precious files, and leave you feeling lost in a digital wasteland.

But here’s the thing – it’s not just your personal stuff that’s at risk. Cyber attacks can also target businesses and organisations, causing major disruptions and financial losses. Just think about the chaos that can ensue if a hospital’s data gets hacked or a bank’s security is compromised. It’s a nightmare for everyone involved.

So what can you do to protect yourself from these digital villains? Well, first and foremost, keep your devices up to date with the latest security patches and antivirus software. Also, be smart and avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading shady attachments. And please, for the love of all things unicorns and rainbows, use strong, unique passwords and enable two-factor authentication wherever you can. Trust me, taking these little steps can go a long way in keeping those cyber attackers at bay.

If you would like to know how to secure your data contact WTS Systems, provide 24/7 support, secure monitoring, business continuity, cloud computing for SMEs across the UK. We are specialists in helping companies get the most from their IT systems and help them become more profitable and secure.