Malicious software that uses encryption to store data for rescue purposes has been very successful in recent years. The purpose of this software is to steal money from the victim by making a promise to recover the encrypted data. Like other computer viruses, it can infiltrate devices by exploiting security holes in vulnerable software or having someone install it. The ransomware records known victims from hospitals, public schools, police, etc., as is well known. Now you have found a way to access home computers.
The malicious ransomware business model has proven to be a lucrative industry for criminals. Over the years, due to their notorious reputation, law enforcement agencies have worked with international organizations to identify and remove scammers.
Most ransomware attacks in the past have been associated with poor employee protection practices.
There are some caveats regarding managed ransomware services.
- Don't pay the ransom. Just encourage and finance these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that you can regain access to your files.
- Restore affected files from a known good backup. Restoring files from backup is the fastest way to regain access to your data.
- Do not provide personal information when responding to emails, junk calls, text messages, or instant messages. Phishers try to trick employees into installing malware, or claim that it came from IT to obtain information about the attack. If you or your colleagues receive suspicious calls, be sure to contact your IT department.
- Use reputable antivirus and firewall software. It is important to maintain a strong firewall and keep your security software up to date. With the counterfeit software that exists, it is important to use antivirus software from a reputable company.
- Use content scanning and filtering with your mail server. Incoming emails should be scanned for known threats and blocked for types of attachments that may pose a threat.
- Make sure all systems and software are up to date with relevant patches. Exploit kits hosted on compromised websites are often used to spread malware. Vulnerable software must be patched regularly to prevent infection.
- Please notify your IT department before traveling, especially if you use public wireless Internet. Use a trusted virtual private network (VPN) to access public Wi-Fi, such as Norton Secure VPN.
Ransomware criminals often attack small businesses. Among other cyber attacks, ransomware is one of the criminal activities that can be easily avoided with the above solution. The combination of Norton Security Premium and education about these threats will allow an excellent protection plan for today's cyber landscape.