Where ransomware currently stands in the world of technology.
Ransomware has been running rampant throughout 2016, leaving victims stuck paying the cybercriminals’ demands or losing all their data. It has even gotten to the point that the FBI is warning individuals, businesses, police departments, government agencies, schools and hospitals of the increase in ransomware attacks. We will explain what ransomware is, how it has evolved, and how to protect yourself from these types of attacks. Find out about ransomware and where it stands in the world of technology.
Early Ransomware Attacks
Early ransomware attacks simply locked a person’s computer with an error message that stated: “Your Computer Is Infected” and provided a phone number for you to call. Calling the number directed you to a cybercriminal who would use social engineering, intimidation and threats to convince you into paying a fine. At the time, this wasn’t a practical approach since it required an individual to be available to answer the calls. Later versions utilized online payment features that removed the need for the cybercriminal to pick up the phone.
CryptoLocker: Evil Evolved
CryptoLocker was written by someone with a strict plan and an agenda to extort without compromise. When a computer was served with a CryptoLocker, it didn’t just send a block and a contact number. It encrypted files, photos and documents from the computer (without their knowledge) and made them inaccessible to the computer user. Word quickly spread as to the devastation CryptoLocker caused, which inspired copycat ransomware versions such as CryptoDefense and Cryptowall.
Ransomware & The Future
Ransonware encryption has evolved, and today, it can spread to an entire network of devices (instead of targeting one individual). This means that if one person clicks on a malicious link through an email, their entire network can be affected. Ransomware’s longevity is due to organizations not keeping backups and the willingness of users to pay ransoms for their own information. A few solutions, however, can render a malicious attack completely useless.
The most important factor to remember about ransomware and cybercriminals:
So when you’re trying to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your computer, it’s important to:
In consideration of this information, it’s important to protect yourself from ransomware. Thankfully, 403Tech Inc is the trusted choice when it comes to staying ahead of the latest information technology tips, tricks and news. Contact us at (403) 215-7506 or send us an email at [email protected] for more information.
Scott Gallupe of 403Tech Discusses Cybersecurity Threats in Business in Calgary Article
The COVID-19 pandemic sent businesses scrambling to pivot from an office-based environment to a remote workforce. A recent issue of Business in Calgary featured 403Tech President Scott Gallupe, who advised on how local businesses can protect their IT systems from cybersecurity threats. He explained that passwords and video collaboration tools are possible entryways for viruses and malware. The article, Alright, Stop, Collaborate and Listen, features several local IT leaders, describes the issues faced by business owners during the pandemic and provides guidance on ways to protect business data from ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.