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Protecting Windows Devices Against Petya/Goldeneye

As the Petya ransomware continues to proliferate, there are steps you can take to avoid infection on Windows systems.

  1. In March, Microsoft released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. This should be installed ASAP if not already.
  2. SMBv1 is being retired, but you should disable it now: How to enable and disable SMBv1, SMBv2, and SMBv3 in Windows and Windows Server.
  3. Windows 10 computers should be locked down by configuring trusted applications using Device Guard: Device Guard deployment guide.
  4. Adopt the security strategy of “least privilege accounts.” i.e., a very limited few need administrator access to their computer and elevated rights are blamed for more successful attacks than anything.

 


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