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What is Ransomware and the 8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Becoming a Victim
Ransomware is a term used to describe malware that is installed on a user’s computing device (without the user’s knowledge or permission), that encrypts the user’s data. This malware is distributed to an individual (or entity) through social engineering, such as phishing emails, or compromised websites that install the malware on the visitor’s machine. Once a machine has been compromised the malware executes and encrypts all data files that the end-user has access to. This includes local files as well as network drive file storage. After the files are encrypted, they are unrecoverable unless a “ransom” is paid to the attacker. Outside of restoring from a backup the only way to restore the data is to pay the distributor of the malware.
This Malware extortion began by targeting mostly individual home users and has now grown-up to target businesses and other large entities. This Ransomware extortion is very profitable and as such is growing rapidly. The development of this malware and associated components for the collection of funds has become quite sophisticated. The malware developers are often fully staffed organizations, having the sole purpose of developing this software. These organizations have full time employees dedicated to developing and improving the malware. They leverage some of the most sophisticated phishing and social engineering techniques seen to date. The threat posed by Ransomware is growing should not be under-estimated by our clients.
May 18, 2017
Approximately one year ago, I wrote a blog post containing actionable recommendations to protect your environment from ransomware threats. In the wake....
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