Hong Kong launches ‘Fight Ransomware Campaign’

To combat the worsening ransomware attacks in the city state.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Sept. 8, 2017


Fight Ransomware Campaign
Fight Ransomware Campaign banner. Credit: HKCERT. 

The Hong Kong government has launched a Fight Ransomware Campaign to combat the worsening ransomware attacks in the city-state and improve readiness of both businesses and the public.

The campaign was jointly launched by Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT) of the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) and the Government Computer Emergency Response Team Hong Kong (GovCERT.HK) of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).

Hong Kong has recorded a total of 309 ransomware cases in 2016, and 140 in the first eight months of 2017, according to HKCERT.

To increase awareness on ransomware attacks, the Facebook page "Ransomware Intelligence Portal" was created to be the public's information source on the global trends and insights about ransomware, as well as security alerts and training information.

"The campaign engages the social media so that internet users are better informed on ransomware attacks in the early stage. As shown in the WannaCry ransomware attack in May this year, prompt dissemination of ransomware intelligence and security advice can go a long way to minimise the adverse impact of such attacks," said Wilson Wong, general manager for IT and Business Process of HKPC.

Cybersecurity partners of the campaign will also provide the public with access to free anti-malware software with real-time protection. Small and medium enterprises and other high-risk sectors will also have access to free anti-malware tools and security trainings.

In addition, HKCERT has revamped its ransomware page to better illustrate how ransomware propagates and show the impacts of the different types of ransomware. The webpage can be accessed here: www.hkcert.org/ransomware.hk

 

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