Saugus Police Department

Saugus Police Issue Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks”

Saugus Police Department
Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 15, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-666-2012

Saugus Police Issue Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks

SAUGUS — Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department are today alerting residents and local business owners about the threat of malicious software, or malware, that may compromise computer systems or hold files hostage for ransom.

The latter, called ransomware, is the focus of a worldwide criminal investigation after hundreds of thousands of systems running Microsoft Windows were compromised on Friday, May 12, including hospitals, transit stations, and private computers. The attack, named “WannaCry” encrypted files on victimized systems and demanded a $300 to $600 payment to unlock the files. The attack was stopped, but authorities fear that another wave of attacks may be coming this week.

The Saugus Police Department offers the following tips to help prevent infection on your computers and devices:

The current strain of malware attacks is so vicious that Microsoft has even released updates for older versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, which it stopped issuing updates for in 2014. For more information on older versions of Windows, click here.

If you become infected, the Police Department does not recommend that you pay the criminals responsible for the cyber attack. Instead, download the correct patch or contact a reputable information technology provider for assistance.