Unless you’ve been entirely off the grid, you have probably heard that a number of high-profile organizations have recently been targeted by ransomware. It’s part of a growing trend that has the potential to impact large numbers of people, with potentially devastating consequences.
The notorious WannaCry virus, which has been targeting the same vulnerable systems for nearly a year, hit a major production plant on March 28th, and one of the country’s largest municipalities has been fighting off the SamSam ransomware for the past several days, something that the city’s mayor has called a “hostage situation.” Fortunately, it appears that only a handful of the manufacturers servers were impacted, and it didn’t impact any of their production lines. And this latest SamSam attack only targeted online bill paying and court-scheduling services. It could have been much worse.