Update on Kaseya Ransomware Attack

Briefly, here’s what’s going on…

For an update on Kaseya Ransomware Attack, click here.  This is the largest ransomware attack in history.  The attackers are asking for $70mil.

There are two major cybersecurity events happening right now that are impacting ALL businesses, large and small – and things you need to do to protect your organization.

The first is a breach of a well-known software tool used by IT companies like ours to mange their clients’ networks. This is a colossal and devastating attack that appears to be by the same Russia-linked ransomware gang that shut down the meat packer JBS last month.

You can read about it here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kaseya-ransomware-attack-70-million-demand-1500-businesses/

PrintNightmare

The second is being called “PrintNightmare” which is an attack on the Window’s print spooler (the software that controls print jobs on your PC) that can lead to someone getting complete access and control over your PC and entire network.

You can read about it here: https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-confirms-printnightmare-vulnerability-affects-all-windows-versions

Both are a brutal ransomware attacks designed to take control of your PC and network for extortion, locking all your files and devices until a ransom is paid.

What to do

If you’ve been hit, call us ASAP: 855-698-4373. We CAN help – but you need to call us immediately. And whatever you do, [DON’T pay the ransom or reboot your PCs before we can assess what happened].

If you *think* you’re okay, STAY VIGILANT. It’s possible you are infected (and don’t know it yet) or you WILL become infected if you’re not careful.

There are two things you should do immediately:

First: Forward this article to all your employees so they are on high alert (scroll down for the list of things to be on the lookout for).

Second: For a limited time, we will be offering FREE Cyber Security Risk Consultation and Dark Web Scans on a first come, first served basis.

This CONFIDENTIAL assessment will instantly reveal if you’ve been compromised so you can quickly respond to minimize the damage done. It will also reveal inadequacies in your backups and security protocols so you can address them NOW to gain peace of mind that you truly ARE prepared and protected from the next big cyber security attack.

 

There is no cost and no obligation, but we can only deliver a handful of these for free, due to the time-intensive work involved. At a minimum, you’ll gain a qualified second opinion to validate if your IT company is doing what they are supposed to do to protect you – and the peace of mind that you won’t have to deal with an expensive, highly disruptive and embarrassing cyber-attack.

 

Contact us here:

https://www.tier3md.com/contact-us/

 

Of course, if you prefer to talk with me about this, you can reach me at 912-266-8800 or email me at mbrown@tier3md.com

In the meantime, here are a handful of things to reduce your risk:

  • Do NOT open ANY attachments from people you don’t know, no matter how pressing it seems or tempting it is to open. Delete it. If it’s truly important, they’ll call you.
  • Be on high alert for phishing e-mails from PEOPLE YOU KNOW. If it “feels” off or wrong, don’t click on any links or open the attachment. Their system could be compromised and being used to scam everyone in their in-box.
  • If any Microsoft Office application ever asks you to “Enable Macros,” do not accept.
  • If you get a call from the “tech department” requesting you log them in, HANG UP and call us direct on our main number: 855-698-4373
  • Only go to known, ESSENTIAL websites.
  • Do NOT connect to the company’s network (e-mail, cloud apps, etc.) via home PCs or personal devices without a known secure solution.

If you suspect an attack or virus, do NOT reboot. Disconnect the PC/device from the network and call us immediately.

An old but very wise Russian proverb is “Trust, but verify.” The free assessment we’re offering will do that for you. Remember, it’s YOUR reputation, YOUR money, YOUR business on the line if THEY make a mistake. Their oversight becomes YOUR nightmare.

 

Fair Warning: We can only open this to a limited number of people, due to the time-intensive work required. YOU DO NOT WANT TO WAIT. If you’re being compromised, speed of response can make the difference between a minor issue and a major outage and PR nightmare. Here’s the link to claim your free consultation:

 

https://www.tier3md.com/contact-us/

 

You’ll be glad you did.