Computer users warned not to open unfamiliar e-mails or files

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society on Monday warned netizens not to open e-mails or attached files which are unfamiliar or whose sources are unkown to protect their computers from being infected by WannaCry malware.

DES deputy permanent secretary Somsak Khaosuwan suggested computer users to download their vital information in their hard disks and to upgrade their Windows operation system with the latest version of software.

In case any computer gets inflected, its computer user should quickly shut off the machine, inform the system supervisor or call OCC or phone number 1212.

WannaCry is a ransomware programme targeting Microsoft Windows operation system. It started attacking on Friday May 12, infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries and demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency bitcoin in 28 languages.

Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krisna Pattanacharoen said that all police units had been instructed to exert extra caution when downloading files from the internet as a precaution against the virus.

Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has instructed mobile phone and internet service providers to check their systems and to take preventive measures against possible WannaCry attack.

They were also told to update their call centres so that they can provide information to the service users so they can fend for themselves against the virus.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit, however, said that no ISPs or IIGs in Thailand had been affected.

Informed sources said that about 200 computers in Thailand had, so far, been infected by WannaCry.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)