Jersey's government is reassuring islanders that all of their departments remain safe, after a global cyber attack halted the NHS.
The ‘WannaCry/Wannacrypt’ works by holding data to ransom, threatening to delete it without payment.
The software hit 250,000 victims in 150 countries around the world, including the NHS and resulting in hospitals shutting down.
IT experts in Jersey have checked local computer systems, and believe there are no infections.
They have continued to monitor updates, antivirus software, vulnerabilities on the network, and any suspicious traffic.
Advice to computer users is:
- Run a Windows or Mac Update.
- Make sure your anti-virus product is up to date and run a scan. If you don’t have one, install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor.
- If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing up important data – you can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.
Businesses are being advised to:
- Keep your organisation's security software patches up to date.
- Use proper anti-virus software services.
- Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can't be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.