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Alert: Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers using WannaCry attack to lure victims

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Action Fraud UK has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

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Webinar – Defending against the next attack

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Lessons From WannaCry & How To Build Towards a Secure Future
Webinar Thursday, June 1st, at 11 AM EDT

WannaCry attacked 300,000 machines across 100+ countries on May 12th. The fallout has been massive, prompting companies across the globe to take stock of their security infrastructure and think hard about the motivations of the attackers. They are professionals with resources, who will continue to adapt and get better.

Join our webinar to hear Cybereason’s Chief Product Officer, and former CISO and CTO of Arbor, discuss the different types of attackers traversing the web and how their mindset and philosophies are evolving to become more agile and resilient. You will hear Sam’s vision for security in 2018, and where he thinks companies should be investing their time, energy and dollars.

You will also see a brief overview of Cybereason’s EDR platform (which stopped Wannacry), and qualify for an exclusive offer reserved only for registrants of this webinar: up to 90 days free of Cybereason.


    Sam Curry, Chief Product Officer

     Blaine Connaughton, Sales Engineer


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