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The Latest Development of Ransomware Discovered to be Clever

Posted on: Monday, March 11, 2019

There are things that you need to know about the latest development of ransomware. It was discovered as a class of malware that locks down systems and encrypts your files. Moreover, it also tries to steal your money using a ransom note through normal bitcoin ransom payment or through PayPal. When you choose to pay using PayPal, you will be brought to a phishing site which will then try to steal your credit card information and your credentials as well.

Ransomware attacks are spreading worldwide and can target both minor and major enterprises. There are a lot of various ways in which attackers inflict damage to their victims using ransomware. Some organizations are appealing targets because they seem more likely to pay the ransom instantly. However, sometimes these attackers choose people or businesses based on convenience but don’t feel secure even if you don’t fit the persona of a target. In some cases, ransomware spread automatically and randomly across the internet. Knowing this, it is important for you to protect yourself and your business from these kinds of malicious acts. Here are different practices that will enable you to secure your organization from becoming a victim:

  1. Be Knowledgeable
    Being knowledgeable is always the leading defense against any security threat. Make sure that you fully Inform the team about the security procedure. Nowadays, attackers target employees through social engineering to trick employees into declaring possibly destructive information, mostly through emails or calls. In any case, it is safe to assume that prevention is better than cure.
     
  2. Identify
    It is necessary to know how to identify ransomware, as sometimes an attack can get through the system, but you may not be conscious until a large amount of your data disappears. To prevent this, you need to find the most advanced threat intelligence tools designed to block and guard any cyber-attacks.
     
  3. Secure
    It is a necessity to install antivirus software, which notices malicious programs like ransomware as they appear, as well as whitelisting software, which prohibits unauthorized applications from functioning after detection. Utilize email scanning software that flags up any unusual content that is considered or recognized as suspicious.
     
  4. Disconnect and restrain
    If an attack has been discovered, the vital step to conduct is to provide the technical team with the capability and access to restrain it in order to prevent the attack from spreading. If detected quickly, it is likely that the attack infected only one or a few computer systems, but it is imperative to check all the systems under the network to avoid undetected ransomware.
     
  5. Don't pay the ransom
    Never take the bait of paying the ransom to get your data back. This will encourage your attackers to do it all over again, and this will certainly amplify the occurrence of these kinds of attacks, and there is no assurance that they will return your data.
     
  6. Inform the right people
    Ensure that employees and security teams are informed appropriately. No matter what the process is, this should be done promptly. If there was data taken from any of your clients or employees, you should communicate with the legal teams to get a clear insight on how to handle the situation. You will also definitely need to notify law enforcement officials of the crime to preserve the reputation of your company.
     
  7. Recover
    Back-up your files and use data recovery applications or software to lessen the trouble of retrieving lost files and restoring data easily. However, recovering documents and records can be complicated depending on the kind of cyber-attack done.
     
  8. Examine
    Make sure you and the security team identify how the attack happened. Being equipped with a ransomware prevention plan is the best initial idea, but also make sure that you and your security teams are aware of the risks that may happen in case an attack occurs. If the site address looks unusual or does not match its content, do not input your credentials on the site and withdraw from the page immediately.

It is always beneficial to seek help when you do not know what to do, especially when dealing with very complicated issues such as ransomware attacks. Good thing that WebFocus is here to assist you 24/7! Give us a call at 706-5796 or you can visit our website at www.webfocus.ph to know more about bringing online security and protection to your business.

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