100 countries have already fallen victim to the global cyber-attack. Although no damage has been reported so far in Israel, Israeli cyber experts are warning that thousands of computers and servers are vulnerable to such an attack.
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The global cyber-attack that has affected 100 countries already has not hit Israel and local cyber experts are trying to make sure that Israeli computers won’t fall victim to the attack in the future. Despite the National Cyber Defense Authority’s special guidelines and measures, it appears that many computers and servers throughout the country are vulnerable to such an attack, according to Adam Peled, the co-founder and manager of Razor Grip Solutions.
Avihai Ben-Yossef from Cymulate added that his company tested hundreds of ransomware viruses in the past 48 hours. “At the time in Israel, there is no indication of a virus in our operating systems,” explained Head of the National Cyber Defense Authority Buki Carmeli.
“Since the beginning of the global cyber-attack, the National Cyber Defense Authority in Israel has been in constant contact with the cyber authorities around the world and the relevant consulting firms in the industry in order to reduce the possible damage from the global attack,” Carmeli continued. “On the website of the authority, there are updated security guidelines.” Carmeli suggested that all Israeli companies implement the National Cyber Defense Authority recommendations in order to protect their computers.
Even though the global cyber-attack is unprecedented in its size, the National Cyber Defense Authority issued several guidelines that are supposed to protect computers from the virus:
1. Backup the data on your computer by using a different backup system because even if usually upload your files to a cloud service, you could still fall victim to ransomware viruses.
2. Download and install all of the Microsoft operating system updates, especially the update that blocks the specific security breach that the virus exploits.
3. Update the anti-virus program and the other security systems on your computer.
4. Do not open emails from an unknown address.
5. Do not open any unidentifiable files or click on any unknown links.