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U.K. Hospital Ransomware Attacks Show Need for Software Updates

Publisher: Bloomberg BNA's Privacy Law Watch
May 16, 2017

Eric Fader was quoted in an article, "U.K. Hospital Ransomware Attacks Show Need for Software Updates," published in Bloomberg BNA's Privacy Law Watch. The article discussed last week's ransomware attacks that hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled more than 16 British hospitals. Fader told Bloomberg BNA the attacks highlighted the need for healthcare organizations to take immediate steps to protect their computer systems. The WannaCry virus exploited a flaw in Microsoft Windows that Microsoft discovered and patched in an update in March, but organizations and individuals that run older versions of Windows and aren't current with their updates are at risk, he said. "Probably the only way to protect the organization is to ensure that no one clicks on an email attachment [containing malware], but it's difficult to achieve a 100 percent education of your workforce when the malware rides on what looks like an email from the recipient's friend," Fader said. He told Bloomberg BNA that Day Pitney's IT department circulated an e-mail on May 15 reiterating the warning that employees shouldn't click on any attachments they're not expecting, and every organization should do the same. Ongoing education and reinforcement is critical, Fader warned, because even smart people can slip up and accidentally click on an attachment containing malware.


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