A new article published today by KrebsonSecurity about the hacking of the San Francisco rail system re-confirms that foreign hackers use ransomware to extort money from U.S. businesses. The hacker in the Krebs article has been extorting money from different companies in the amounts of tens or hundred of thousands of dollars. Read the entire article on KrebsonSecurity.com
Sometimes we may think that, my company is not big enough to catch a hacker’s interest. Wrong. No company is too small or too big for a hacker to extort money from. As the hacking impact may be different for each company, it is interfering with the business operations. It is important that additional security measures are taken to accessing company database and files. Additionally, if you received a ransom request after an attacked, report it immediately to the FBI. Each reporting can be used to identifying the bad guys.
On September 15, FBI published a new Public Service Announcement urging victims of ransomware to report the attacks to the them. Every ransomware report helps the FBI “gain a more comprehensive view of the current threat and its impact on U.S. victims”.
Ransomware creators are currently targeting businesses, not only individuals, causing service disruptions, financial loss, and in some cases, permanent loss of valuable data. In the first months of 2016, FBI reports that the “global ransomware infections were at an all-time high”, estimating 100,000 computers a day being compromised by one ransomware variant. However, an exact number of individual or business victims cannot accurately be identified because many of the ransomware attacks go unreported.
“All ransomware variants pose a threat to individual users and businesses. Recent variants have targeted and compromised vulnerable business servers (rather than individual users) to identify and target hosts, thereby multiplying the number of potential infected servers and devices on a network.”
DDoS (distributed denial of service) in ransomware a new trend… Beware of phishing emails! The attack comes as a Rich Text Document (.rtf) file attached to your email. Opening it and running the macro attached to it, will install the ransomware on your computer.
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