PSA : Patch your Windows Servers (MS17-010)

If you’ve seen the news today, there is a crippling ransom ware spreading across the globe.  I’ve seen reports that say at least 45k attacks hitting more than 74 countries in the past 10 hours.

The ransom ware is called ‘WannaCry’.  It will encrypt your desktop or server’s files and demand that users pay an initial $300 to unlock the files and the sum goes up with each passing hour.

imageThe patch to prevent the exploit can be found here [MS17-010] or just running Windows Update and updating to the latest patches will block the vulnerability.   The patch was released March 14th 2017.

If you have been infected, the patch will not remove the virus so best to be vigilant and process your updates ASAP.