Cyber-attacks are on the rise for small business owners and it is your job to protect your business and your customers from falling victim to these thieves. The latest reported, called, WannaCrypt has surfaced across the world and could hit the US soon. If you operate your business on the web you will want to continue reading about what you can do to protect your business. You don’t have to be a technology wizard to protect your online business. These tips are simple and won’t take too much of your time.
What can small businesses — especially those operating on the web — learn from the latest ransomware attacks.
Recently, hackers dispatched ransomware called WannaCrypt. When it was opened on computers, it locked users from accessing necessary data. The only way to unlock the hack was to pay a ransom via Bitcoin.
More than 200,000 computers in 150 countries were affected by WannaCrypt. Friday is being dubbed the day the earth was hacked; the impact was so widespread. The biggest impacts were in England, where computers in the public Health Ministry were hacked. Patients were denied access to emergency room services. And some surgeries had to be rescheduled.
Businesses and personal computers in all these countries were affected. In the U.S., FedEx appears to be the most high-profile victim.
The ransomware continued to spread over the weekend as some computers in Asia were affected.
It’s unknown what the fallout may be in the U.S.