Widespread virus affecting companies and individuals in Kuwait

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 22: An information security expert and Head of the Cybersecurity Committee at the Kuwait Electronic Media Union Muhammad Al-Rashidi warned against a spreading virus, which is a ransomware link claiming to be a video clip of scenes of the earthquake that recently struck Turkey and Syria, revealing that a number of Kuwaiti companies have fallen victim to this virus, and sums have been requested in order to decode its encryption, reports Al-Rai daily.

In a press statement, Al-Rashidi said, “Once the link is opened, all files are encrypted and money is requested in exchange for decrypting this encryption.

Hackers are taking advantage of global events to encrypt files, use social engineering, and make fake links about global events such as earthquakes. When people click the link, the device is hacked and given a 24-hour deadline with the threat that in the event of non-payment, all the files in the device will be completely destroyed, either personal or company files.”

When asked what steps have to be taken in such cases, Al-Rashidi said, “Payment is a big mistake because there is no guarantee of decryption after payment. We recommend resorting to international companies specialized in decryption to reopen it. This may cost large sums, but it is better than paying hackers.”

He added, “Dealing with ransomware (malicious software) is based on the user’s awareness, which is the biggest bulwark, because there is no one ready to protect himself from such attempts.”

Al-Rashidi advised all technology users to the effect, “Do not download unofficial programs or advertisements for free links to paid programs.”

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