Beating WannaCry And Other Ransomware

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Protect Your Business from WannaCry and Other Ransomware

What is the WannaCry / WannaCry2 ransomware?

WannaCry ransomware virus screenshot

WannaCry is a ransomware attack currently affecting Windows machines that are not patched with the latest operating system updates from Microsoft.

This is a nasty outbreak. It is different than prior strains in that it has a ‘hunter’ module incorporated into the malware. Past versions relied on the end user taking an action – downloading it from the web, clicking on a link in an email, or clicking on a malicious attachment. WannaCry only needs to be detonated once before it goes into hunter mode. Once your computer is infected, it instantly searches for other computers that are vulnerable throughout your network.

WannaCry ransomware virus screenshot

What Can I Do?

Two IT experts working with Barracuda product

What Can I Do?

  1. Immediately bring all computers up to date. Note, patching an already infected computer will not help or stop the malware. If you get infected, turn off your computer immediately and call your IT department.
  2. Same basic rules apply as with any email threat. Watch what you click on or download, do not assume anything.
  3. Backup your files immediately – not on a shared folder because ransomware can and will encrypt shared folders. You need a time machine type backup that provides incremental backups and has an air gap that will protect files from being encrypted.
  4. Confirm that you’re subscribed to the latest Barracuda Energize Updates – always keep your systems up to date.
  5. Make sure you have Advanced Threat Protection applied to all applicable Barracuda products. Since Friday, we’re already seeing a 10x increase in the number of threats blocked with our ATP – reiterating the importance of having this advanced protection across all threat vectors and all Barracuda products.
  6. If you’re not a Barracuda customer, let’s talk!

Get the Inside Scoop

In May, we ran a series of special webinars to give insights to help you understand and effectively combat WannaCry and other new, sophisticated ransomware variants. We want to be sure that everyone has the chance to learn – so we recorded it. You will learn:

  • What makes WannaCry and other new ransomware variants especially nasty
  • How to detect and block ransomware and other sophisticated attacks
  • Why a strong backup strategy is the ultimate ransomware countermeasure

In the recording we’ll also show you why today's evasive, polymorphic threats demand an advanced approach to threat detection that spans all vectors into your network.

Register now to view the recording.

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How Can Barracuda Help?

Barracuda provides a complete family of solutions that work together to help you detect, prevent, and recover from ransomware attacks.


Detect ransomware and other advanced threats, using automated online threat scanners (offered at no charge) and advanced, multi-layer detection technologies including sandbox analysis.


Prevent them from infecting your systems, thanks to best-of-breed products to secure your network perimeter, email, web traffic, and outward-facing web applications.


Recover quickly and easily in case attackers are successful, with state-of-the-art backup solutions that leave attackers with nothing, while you get right back to business.