Ransomeware could infect you easier than you think.

Danger: Your computer has been infected. Please send 1000$ to X BTC Address.

The FACTS:

  • 75% of companies effected by ransomware are running up to date protection
  • 580/1000 Cyber Security Experts state they are NOT prepared to defend against a ransomware attack.
  • Ransomware costs companies over 75 Billion $ a year and rising
  • Once your files are encrypted and locked the only way to decrypt them is with a decryption key
  • The hackers may or may NOT unlock your files after paying.
  • A Bitcoin purchase is usually required to unlock your files

What can YOU do about it?

THE SAD TRUTH

The sad truth is that nothing can be done to stop this once you are infected without costing you a pretty penny. This is exactly why the PREVENTION needs to be done BEFOREHAND.

Tips to prevent infection, Courtesy of Norton.

  1. Do not pay the ransom. It only encourages and funds these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that you will be able to regain access to your files.
  2. Restore any impacted files from a known good backup. Restoration of your files from a backup is the fastest way to regain access to your data.
  3. Do not provide personal information when answering an email, unsolicited phone call, text message or instant message. Phishers will try to trick employees into installing malware, or gain intelligence for attacks by claiming to be from IT. Be sure to contact your IT department if you or your coworkers receive suspicious calls.
  4. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall. Maintaining a strong firewall and keeping your security software up to date are critical. It’s important to use antivirus software from a reputable company because of all the fake software out there.
  5. Do employ content scanning and filtering on your mail servers. Inbound e-mails should be scanned for known threats and should block any attachment types that could pose a threat.
  6. Do make sure that all systems and software are up-to-date with relevant patches. Exploit kits hosted on compromised websites are commonly used to spread malware. Regular patching of vulnerable software is necessary to help prevent infection.
  7. If traveling, alert your IT department beforehand, especially if you’re going to be using public wireless Internet. Make sure you use a trustworthy Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing public Wi-Fi like Norton Secure VPN.

Source for the top 7 list

I believe that if you follow these tips you could succeed in keeping your account safe… For the most part.

Be safe out there friends!

Published by Jay

24, tech junkie. I currently maintain a blog containing all things security & social engineering related.

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