Thoughts on WannaCry ransomware

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Hello everyone, I know this is more of a discussion than a question but I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on the latest security issue: WannaCry ransomware. Are you surprised how fast it spread? What can we do to prevent these attacks in the future? Share your thoughts!

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  • ToddN2000
    I'm not surprised at all. I know a few people who have the Windows automatic updates turned off. That means unless they watch the news and turned it back on they are vulnerable. I'm glad when Microsoft released the fix they also did it for OS that were end of life. I even know a few people on Win XP..I'm just glad it was caught soon and Microsoft rushed to get the fix out.. Once again another bug that slipped by Microsoft's QC department.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I thought it was pretty amazing how it worked. Here's the deal, if you want to stop infections such as WannaCry, you have to stop the behaviors that facilitate those infections. That's really all there is to it. People keep making the same mistakes and, I presume, they're expecting different results. They're "shocked" when it happens. The security product vendors love it. It's this process/cycle - along with our federal government's desire for control - that created "cybersecurity". Same stuff, different year. I wrote a blog where I lay out the mistakes people made to facilitate WannaCry.
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  • ToddN2000
    I agree Kevin. Just because you installed an antivirus program does not give you free range to open every e-mail and surf any site.. It will protect you to a point. There may be a yet undiscovered exploit to infect us at any time and not all antivirus programs cover everything and are update for the new threats in timely manner. Users keep doing the same old things since the dawn of the PC. You still need common sense.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Amen, ToddN2000! What's the saying..."There's no patch for stupid."?
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