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Ransomware: No Platform is Safe

The WannaCry Ransomware created havoc in many systems globally this year. The systems in London hospitals and other hospitals and in healthcare systems in the UK was shut down and it went all the way to train systems in Europe and schools in the United States.

That was a wake-up call for all IT Security experts worldwide. 

The attacks involved systems that work on Windows Operating Systems. There is no reason for other users of different platforms to be complacent. According to Sophos that is among the world leaders in network and endpoint security, other platforms are also vulnerable to Ransomware.

A Report from Sophos that collated ransomware and other cybersecurity trends from April 1 to October 2017, platforms such as Android, Linux and MacOS are vulnerable just the same.

“Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto-attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs security researcher and contributor to the ransomware analysis in the SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast.

This should be taken with great consideration by IT security experts and practitioners since the damage caused by Ransomware infestation would not only lead to millions of dollars in lost operations costs but also the credibility of corporations and institutions which are built on consumer confidence.

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