Understanding cyberattacks from WannaCrypt

| By:
Gavin Gamber

Cyberattacks are growing more sophisticated, and more common, with every passing day. They present a continuous risk to the security of necessary data, and create an added layer of complication for technology solution providers and in-house IT departments trying to keep their clients’ systems safe and functional. Despite industry efforts and innovations, the world was exposed to this year’s latest cyberattack on Friday morning.

The attack—known as WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r, WannaCry, and a few other names—was first noticed in United Kingdom and Spain, but quickly spread globally, encrypting endpoint data and requiring a ransom to be paid using Bitcoin to regain access to the data. WannaCrypt exploits vulnerabilities derived from EternalBlue, which was stolen from the National Security Agency earlier this year and made public by the Shadow Brokers’s “Lost in Translation” leak.

On March 14, Microsoft® released a security update to patch this vulnerability and protect customers from this quickly spreading cyberattack. While this protected newer Windows™ systems and computers that had enabled Windows to apply this latest update, many computers remained unpatched globally. Hospitals, businesses, governments, and home computers were affected. Microsoft took additional steps to protect users with older systems that are no longer supported.

Our goal at ConnectWise is to provide partners with the tools they need to support their clients and prevent these kinds of attacks from happening. In addition to our core ConnectWise Automate® solution, that helps admins identify systems vulnerable to this attack (download the WannaCry Vulnerability Check Dataview today via the Solution Center) and patch the vulnerability,  we have also partnered with numerous vendors who provide ConnectWise certified integrations for security and business availability to block, prevent, or recover from this attack.

See how our vendors are addressing the latest attack:

And if you’re looking for more support to keep your team running at peak performance, it’s time to take a closer look at everything ConnectWise solutions can do for you.