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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2017, 04:07:16 PM »
It's also a big problem for folks running pirated (sorry, unlicensed) Windows software, the ones that don't pass the genuine validation test.  Users of pirated Microsoft software are unable to download the security patch, forcing them to fend for themselves or rely on a third-party source for a solution.
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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2017, 04:10:45 PM »
I can vouch that XP systems are being infected. Many of our NHS hospitals and Doctors surgeries are crippled due to this attack.
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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2017, 01:17:22 PM »
I'll have to go searching but some security person wrote that only 4.7% of the NHS computers in the UK are still using Windows XP. The NHS got crippled because they had not patched computers since December 2016.

At this point, it is hard to know who is reporting the correct info.

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2017, 01:23:33 PM »
This is NOT the article I saw but this does state that under 5% of the computers at the NHS are running XP.
https://www.ft.com/content/348d4f7a-3808-11e7-821a-6027b8a20f23

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2017, 06:05:36 AM »
Today, my Norton antivirus software popped-up a window stating "Don't worry ... we've got your back!"

Yeah, well ... I hope so. I also use CryptoPrevent and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. Fingers crossed. ;)
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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2017, 08:27:01 PM »
I am trying to track down the source for this Kaspersky image that shows WannaCry (the original strain) does not affect XP
https://www.askwoody.com/2017/windows-10-anniversary-update-ok/

If anyone can track down that Kaspersky article source, either post the link here or send me a PM with it.
Thanks in advance.

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2017, 09:58:49 PM »
Never get between plodr and her quest for an answer!  :)


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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2017, 09:48:24 AM »
Sadly many of our Hospitals and doctors surgeries run a mix of systems win7 & XP . So, it really didn't matter which system caused the crash. They all went down.
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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2017, 02:23:50 PM »
There is so much false news out there that I want to try and siphon the facts out of a lot of things posted. I guess it boils down to my "problem solving" gene.

I know lots of businesses got hit because they were running unpatched systems. I just wonder what percent breakdown was business versus home users. I guess I won't find that answer out there anywhere.

I did read that the number of unpatched computers is increasing this year. I blame that on MS bundling things and then finally removing the security bulletins. IT and home users don't have the time to figure out what is needed so they probably figure it is better to not patch than risk having something break with a bundled patch. Unfortunately, that is no longer a good choice considering the person/group behind WannaCry has threatened to release an exploit a month.

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2017, 03:57:17 PM »
Once journalists are involved, the truth is less important than selling copy. Part of modern life I guess. 
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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2017, 09:04:30 AM »
Windows 7 hardest hit by WannaCry worm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39997581


WannaCry attack 'linked' to North Korea hacking group

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40010996


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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2017, 12:23:34 PM »
I came across a checker from ESET called ESET EternalBlue Checker that is supposed to check against WannaCry.

http://support.eset.com/alert6442/?viewlocale=en_US

I am using Windows 7 and my system is clean, according to the checker results ;D.

The program is not installed like a zip file.

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2017, 12:32:56 PM »
I came across a checker from ESET called ESET EternalBlue Checker that is supposed to check against WannaCry.

http://support.eset.com/alert6442/?viewlocale=en_US

I am using Windows 7 and my system is clean, according to the checker results ;D.

The program is not installed like a zip file.
I was just about to post that link, you beat me by seconds  :)

Since the notorious "Get Windows 10" updates, some people have been picking and choosing which updates they get. The ESET tool can be used to reassure yourself that your Windows machine has latest security updates that patch the vulnerability.

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Re: WanaCrypt0r ransomware hits it big just before the weekend
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2017, 03:58:09 PM »
I'm a picker and chooser. Thanks to Woody Leonhard and Susan Bradley, I've patched.

All Win 7 systems are good. The XP was not. I installed the MS patch and ran the tool again. XP is now okay. Note: I rarely fire up XP and more infrequently take it on the internet but I do want it to be as patched as possible. Both MBAM and MS Security Essentials are up to date and working.