Somalia Warns Citizens Against Ransomware Attack

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Wednesday May 17, 2017 - 21:38:01 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia Warns Citizens Against Ransomware Attack

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has warned the citizens against the ransomware attack that could affect internet users in the country after the cyber-attacks targeted about 150 countries globa

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Somalia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has warned the citizens against the ransomware attack.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somalia Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has warned the citizens against the ransomware attack that could affect internet users in the country after the cyber-attacks targeted about 150 countries globally.
The cyber-attack by a computer worm or ransomware called WannaCry (Wanna Decryptor) targets the Microsoft Windows operating system, encrypts files and demands that the user pay ransom before being allowed to continue using the computer.
In a press release on Wednesday, the ministry mentioned that Somalia could be a target of the ongoing cyber-attacks after the fast-spreading computer virus affected servers in the neighboring Kenya.
"The computer worm attack can affect Somalia after it affected neighboring countries. Many Somalis are also vulnerable to be victims of this ransomware.” The statement said.
Despite growing number of internet users are in Somalia, most of the users have not the knowledge to protect their computers from external attacks.
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications advised the citizens to avoid opening any suspicious links or attachments in their emails as the most of the ransomware attacks are sent through emails.
"Do not open any suspicious links in your email. Update your computer’s antivirus and most importantly back up your essential data.” The statement in Somali language from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said.
On Wednesday, Kenyan media reported that 14 servers within the country have been hit the ransomware cyber-attack.

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