Govt warns of cybersecurity threat

first_imgThe Guyana National Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (GNCIRT) confirms that a global ransomware attack is currently in progress and is advising citizens to be cautious of what they access online, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency.The self-spreading ransomware, known as “Wanna Cry” or “Wanna Decryptor”, exploits vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. It is believed that this ransomware is spread through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programmes.GNCIRT urges users not to open unsolicited or suspicious emails or links, attachments included in unsolicited emails, links to unfamiliar or nefarious websites and download applications and programmes that have not been verified by an official store.“In the event that your computer has been infected with the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, take the following steps; disconnect and quarantine the infected system by removing it from your network and apply the latest Microsoft patch to all computer systems,” the statement advised.For further information and support, please contact GNCIRT at telephone numbers 660-6074 or 231-8820, extension 221 or 222; or [email protected] Future updates will be provided as more information becomes available.last_img read more