Bluekeep Exploit – A striking resemblance to Wannacry

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An exploit identified by Microsoft (dubbed the Blueekeep Exploit) has been making headlines recently after a heavily publicised attack took place last Monday in Spain where it has significantly impacted media outlets and radio stations to name a few.

What is Bluekeep (or the Bluekeep Exploit) and is it dangerous?

This vulnerability bears striking resemblance to the renowned EternalBlue that triggered the widescale WannaCry attack back in 2017 which impacted NHS. Bluekeep can be exploited so that remote code can be executed which dumps malware such as ransomeware or even enable the hacker to gain access to a computer.

The Bluekeep Exploit can also spread inside an infiltrated network, for example Wannacry managed to affect 200,000 machines in 24 hours.

How can I stay protected?

With the anti-malware product Bitdefender computers are already protected thanks to its multi-layered defence and patch management (add-on). Here are some extra steps you may want to consider if you do not have Bitdefender:

  1. Apply patches and stay updated.
    This exploit relies on outdated operating systems such as Windows 7 and below and so if you are using this then we recommend upgrading to Windows 10 and regularly checking for updates. You could perhaps even reach out to Microsoft and get support directly from them.
  2. Regularly scan and have an anti-malware program
    Be sure to keep regularly scan your device for malware and you should you not have an anti-malware program, get in touch with us and we can provide you with Bitdefender. Bitdefender also comes with has ransomeware protection included as standard with Globe2.

How can I find out more information?

For more information on Bluekeep or Bitdefender, please use our contact page and one of our friendly team will respond to your email within 1 working day.

Alternatively, read this post by Bitdefender where they breakdown in more depth of how Bluekeep works.