Written by Ana Canteli on 18 may 2017
Last Friday 5th May 12, 2017 we witnessed a worldwide cyber attack, known as Wanna Cry / WannaCrypt / WanaCrypt0r 2.0 or Wanna Decryptor. This ransomware has been a global dilemma, affecting 150 countries and infecting more than 250,000 computers.
We have not evidence of any OpenKM user affected by this issue but cases like this should invite us to think about it. The fact of centralizing the company documentation in a centralized repository, with document management applications such as OpenKM has several advantages:
Wanna Cry is a type of malware known as ransomware. The ransomware attacks targeted users in a number of countries across the globe, encrypting files or infecting computers, while demanding the payment of 300 USD in bitcoins to decrypt their files.
Fortunately, this malware only affects older versions of the Windows operating system. Windows 10 is not vulnerable. Neither are Mac OS or Linux systems. Unfortunately, many people work with older versions of Windows, but Microsoft has been very active in distributing patches for this target including the now-unsupported Windows XP.
Although the main objectives are organizational and business networks, such as Wanna Cry case, you can also contribute to stop its extension, doing the following:
While the current situation highlights the importance of software security for both personal and business users; this should not distract us from the fact that it is imperative to apply the operating system updates, at the right time. It is also very important to use supported versions of systems. It is true that Microsoft will create patches for the unsupported version of Windows XP, but also it is that this operating system should no longer be in use.
For users of DMS such as OpenKM, used by companies around the world to save critical business information, we would like to remind you of the need to apply back ups regularly, so that in the unlikely event of an infiltration, information can be quickly restored and normality restored.
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