Ransomware Strain Affecting Older Windows Versions

Ransomware is evolving and becoming more malicious than ever. Microsoft recently put out a warning about a new self-propagating malware strain called ZCryptor, which is affecting older versions of Windows. This new worm not only spreads through fake installers (e.g. a Flash Player set up), traditional phishing schemes and macro-based Office files, it also has the functionality to place autorun files on removable devices, meaning it can infect additional computers through USB drives as well as network drives. Since its release, ZCryptor has targeted over 100 different file types, with a ransom demand of roughly $500. Multiple reports and Microsoft have confirmed that the ZCryptor ransomware does not affect Windows 10.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Microsoft has provided some tips to help protect their users, including:

  • Upgrade to Windows 10
  • Keep your antivirus up to date
  • Enable file history or system protection
  • Disable the loading of micros in your Office programs
  • Use two-factor authentication

Importance of Data Backup

It’s inevitable - computers crash, disasters happen, and humans make errors. It’s imperative that business owners take the necessary precautions should they fall victim. Backing up your data is the most important step to assure a speedy and efficient recovery. Backup services are a cost-efficient solution that provide you with archived copies of all data so if needed, you’ll be able to easily restore original files. iCorps Guardian ensures levels of protection  including recovery through onsite image-based backups to an on-site Guardian appliance and redundant backups in the cloud.

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