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Online users urged to be cautious with email attachments

19th May, 2017

By JASON JACK EBIT

KOTA KINABALU: Internet users should be wary on any suspicious link or attachment from email which can be associated with the latest Wannacry Ransomware attack.

Ransomware are a type of malware designed to extort money from victims by holding files or entire computers to ransom.

The ransomware typically demands payment to undo changes that the Trojan virus has made to the victim’s computer, which ranges from encrypting data stored on the victim’s disk to blocking normal access.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) CyberSecurity Malaysia, Dr. Solahuddin Shamsuddin said most ransomware is spread hidden within Word documents, PDFs and other files normally sent via email.

“Prevention is the best option when dealing with this kind of cyber attack, which is why I urge all people and network system administrators to be more careful and take precaution.

“By updating to the latest windows update, backup any important files regularly, constantly update to the latest anti-virus update, and do not open any suspicious attachment or link sent through email,” said Dr Solahuddin to reporters after launching the Mosti Social Innovation (MSI) Explore Cyber Ops Sabah Edition, here at the Inventory of Science and Technology Center UMS, yesterday.

CyberSecurity has not issued any statement on social media, prohibiting the use of online banking and online purchases with regards to a viral statement sent through social media such as WhatsApp and Facebook.

He also said that all organisation system administrators to be more vigilant and continue the necessary actions to protect and secure their infrastructure computer network systems.

According to him, people should be more cautious even though there has not been any major incident related to the ransomware reported in the country.

Threat of cyber attacks can happen at any time and anywhere where with the power of today’s technology allows various forms of cyber attacks which users do not expect.

The impact can be huge with property damages, losses, interruption of operations, reputation and even can threaten national security, he said.

The latest cyber attacks have infected more than 150 countries including computer networks of Britain’s National Health Service, Russia’s interior ministry and international shipper FedEx.

Also present at the events were Puspanita Sabah Branch Chairman Puan Sri Hairani Hussaini, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof. Dr. Ismail Ali, Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics UMS Assoc Prof Dr Ag Asri Ag Ibrahim and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Relations and Cooperation, CyberSecurity Malaysia Anwer Yusoff.

   
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