Cyber Attacks – Immediate Steps and Legal Immediate Response Team. CSI: My System.
According to press coverage and online resources, in the last 48 hours or so cyber attacks targeted and hit over seventy countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The attack which seems unprecedented in scale is reported to have used ransomware (i.e. malware which, once installed, encrypts a users’ own data until they pay a ransom) sent by email with an attachment. The particular malware currently reported to be used seems to have already been identified in the past and Microsoft is said to have already rolled out a patch to address the issue, however, not all users, among them apparently numerous hospital systems, have updated such patch.
As I have written before, while preventing and identifying potential cyber exposure and weak points should be addressed ahead of time, organizations and individuals should also carefully consider in advance their zero-day response once any cyber event has affected their organization or professional account.