WannaCry virus: NCC advises operators, subscribers to get latest Microsoft software patch

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[NCC]–The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised licensed operators and subscribers to obtain software patch released by Microsoft in March 2017 to fix the WannaCry Virus.

The WannaCry ransomware, which is also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, infected some of the world’s largest corporations and organizations including the National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the UK, FedEx and Telefonica. The malware targeted a wide range of industries including the education industry.

On May 12, the WannaCry ransomware began to spread across the world, attacking 75,000 computers in a matter of hours. According to MalwareTech, WannaCry targeted and encrypted 100,000 computers in a period of 24 hours, quickly becoming the largest ransomware attack in history.

On May 13, Russia Today (RT) further revealed that computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and the country’s largest telecommunications company Megafon also fell victim to the WannaCry ransomware.

The NCC in a statement released yesterday has advised all its licensed operators and subscribers , “to obtain software patch released by Microsoft in March 2017 to fix the Ransomware Virus.

“To plan scheduled penetration tests on the networks and systems to ensure protection and availability at all times.

“And those who use their smartphones as substitutes to computers for internet access should protect themselves and their devices by not opening e-mail attachments/links from unknown sources, not clicking pop-ups and applets on unknown websites, installing effective antivirus software for their mobile devices.”

The commission further advised Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to initiate regular assessment and audit of their cybersecurity readiness. All operators should continue to ensure that their backup/ disaster recovery strategies are in place and up to date.

“All operators are to ensure continued deployment of effective firewalls, login passwords and antivirus management regime.

“The Commission is working towards creating a link with the Cybersecurity Alert System on its website so that current information on global cyber threats/incidents could be immediately communicated to stakeholders,” the statement reads.




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