The Ministry of Transport and Communications' (MoTC) Qatar National Information Security Centre (Q-cert) is guiding all entities and institutions in Qatar to be aware of a ransomware malware, which has hit many countries in the last two days and is set to continue proliferating.
In order to avoid the risks of the ransomware malware, Q-cert has published several advisories and security tips as well as necessary actions to take in the case of malware infection, calling on all entities to instantly execute advisory actions associated with precautionary measures.
Q-cert explains that a number of proactive steps were adopted and a team of specialists at the centre is on alert to contain /eradicate any reported infections by the malware.
Q-Cert provides nationwide cyber security response services and they can be reached by e-mail: [email protected]
or QCERT hotline: 44933408
Ransomware is malicious software that can lock the user out of his/her computer and the data stored on it, demanding a ransom to restore access to the data again.
The message appears on the computer display in the form of a warning window: “Wana Decrypt0r 2.0”, stating that important files including documents, photos, videos, or databases are encrypted and no longer accessible.
The warning message may change according to the geo-location of the victim, and using the victim’s IP address, the malicious software will contact the central command and control server to get the appropriate message for the victim’s country.