More than 200-thousand victims in 150 countries were infected by a massive cyberattack that spread over the weekend.
Now, there are fears of a second wave of the attack as the work week begins and employees fire up their computers.
Asia — especially China — reported thousands of new cases Monday, but no large-scale breakdowns at this point.
The global “ransomware” cyberattack has technicians scrambling to secure the computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in many other nations.
The cyberattack spreads by email, and if you click on the infected email link, the “ransomware” essentially takes your computer hostage until you pay a certain online credit, or risk your data being lost.
Jeff Shirley, the owner of Saskatoon-based River City Technology Services, says the virus targets users who haven’t installed a March update to Microsoft operating systems older than 2012.
However, he says employees still need to take caution when they see an email, even from a company they are familiar with.
“Slow down and double check those emails that have an attachment,” said Shirley. “If it’s coming from someone you know, maybe contact them. If they say no, maybe you’ve got an issue.”
Shirley says the virus found on Friday was the biggest cyber-attack in history, but an updated version of the virus is expected to already be in circulation.
He says the only thing that the virus needs to take over your computer is you opening up an attachment from an infected email.
(with files from CJWW)