A ransomware attack is threatening to take out the computers of some of the world’s most prominent computer companies, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook, but experts are advising businesses to take a step back and prepare for what they can do next.
A new ransomware attack that has hit businesses around the world has made headlines, but what happens after that is less clear.
What’s the impact?
Experts say the ransomware, which has been called RANSOM, is one of the most serious and widespread ransomware attacks to hit the globe, with more than 200 countries in its sights.
Ransomware, also known as ransomware, is a computer virus that encrypts files, causing the victim to be unable to access the files.
It is typically delivered via email attachments.
Experts say RANSO has made life miserable for businesses around a variety of industries, including hospitals, banks and governments.
Experts warn it’s important to get the most out of ransomware in order to mitigate the impact.
It can make the life of an individual or business more difficult, but they are advising all businesses to get up to speed quickly and to stay vigilant for any ransomware alerts.
For more on ransomware, check out our Ransomware 101 guide.
The ransomware was first reported on Monday by the cyber security company Symantec, which said it affected at least one US company, but has not said what affected the other three.
Symantech said it has not yet confirmed that it was a new attack or if it is related to a previously reported ransomware threat, but it said it was looking into it.
Symantec said it had received several reports from businesses around Europe and North America of an attack in which one or more employees of one of its clients were targeted with the ransomware.
Symantsec said the ransomware was distributed via a variety e-mail addresses.
Symantsec is not identifying the targeted clients because it does not want to compromise their privacy.
Symantisec said in a statement that it had alerted the affected clients that the threat was real and that the attacks had been going on for weeks.
The firm said that it has been working closely with the affected companies to prevent further disruption to their networks.
SymANTEC said it believed that the ransomware affected a small number of organizations in Europe, but that the vast majority of businesses in those countries are immune to this type of ransomware threat.
It said that its network was not breached, and that it did not have any evidence that a cyber attack was carried out on Symantek’s network.
Symantaech said in its statement that the cyber attacks were part of a larger campaign by the Russian government.
It said it will provide more information as it becomes available.
A cyber attack is an attack on a network, usually carried out by a nation state, that targets a company or organization, often with an intent to cause disruption.
The term ransomware, coined by security firm CrowdStrike, was first used in the world of malware analysis in 2013.
In the past two years, the term has been used in relation to various types of malware and ransomware.
Researchers said the new attack has been targeted at companies from all around the globe.
Cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks has identified the new ransomware as RANSOC.
The new attack is the second ransomware attack this year to target large companies, and Palo Alto Labs said the latest attack is a new variant of the RANSOWAN ransomware, and the first one to use the term ransomware.”RANSOM is a major new threat to the business landscape and has already affected more than 100 countries worldwide,” Palo Alto said in an emailed statement.
Palo Alto said the malware has not been identified as part of the Russian attack, and said it is not yet certain if it was the original ransomware.
Pamela Perna, the company’s CEO, said that Palo Alto was aware of the new threat but that it is premature to make any conclusions at this time.
Perna said in her statement that her company was not the first to experience a ransomware outbreak and that its teams work tirelessly to identify the malicious software that is circulating.
Pernanas said the company has been in touch with a number of law enforcement agencies, and she said that the company was actively working with its customers to prevent any further spread of the malware.
Parnas said that a company that was targeted by the ransomware may have been impacted by another ransomware that was previously detected in the wild, but Palo Alto has not identified which of those ransomware variants was the new RANSOSY variant.
The threat was first discovered in February and Palo Alos Labs is now conducting an investigation.