The now infamous Wannacry ransomware attack has affected thousands of computers and numerous organizations around the world, but U.S. credit union ATMs are relatively low on the threat list, pros say.

The ransomware, also known as WCry or Wanna Decryptor, has spread to more than 150 countries, including the United States, according to an alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team. It appears to get in through holes in the Windows operating system and then holds user data hostage until they pay a ransom of roughly $300. In a statement issued May 12, Microsoft said it released a security update back in March that addressed the vulnerability Wannacry exploits. Many organizations hadn’t applied the security update, however.

Tina Orem

 

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