On May 17, 2017, the SEC released a risk alert on a widespread ransomware attack, known as WannaCry, WCry or Wanna Decryptor. The hacker(s) conducting the cyber-attack have infiltrated the servers of organizations across more than 100 countries through a Microsoft® Remote Desktop Protocol compromise, exposures in Windows Server Message Block version 1, malicious websites and phishing emails.
RECOMMENDED NEXT STEPS
The SEC encourages investment advisers and broker-dealers to:
- Review the alert released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team; and
- Install the applicable Microsoft® patches for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 operating systems in a timely manner.
The SEC also reminded investment advisers and broker-dealers about the importance of performing the following security procedures:
- Conducting periodic cyber-risk assessments and penetration tests of critical systems to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities; and
- Ensuring the process implemented for system maintenance facilitates regular updates to enable a rapid response capability.
Fairview® advises clients to be cautious when opening emails and to avoid sending or opening attachments through email when possible.