HOW HACKERS HOLD YOUR FILES AGAINST YOU

RANSOMWARE

WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts data on a computer or network into an unreadable format until a sum of money, or ransom, is paid.

HOW DOES RANSOMWARE WORK?

When run, ransomware will scan the file storage disk for files to encrypt—typically documents, spreadsheets, etc. The files are encrypted with a key that only the attackers know, thus preventing your access to the files. Then, threat actors hold your files hostage, demanding a ransom to be paid for you to get your access back.

HOW DO HACKERS SNEAK INTO AN ENVIRONMENT?

Hackers are stealthy and can sneak in using many different approaches. Here are a few of the most popular ways that hackers gain access.

Phishing: This is when a threat actor tricks someone into handing over their sensitive, personal information—such as a credit card or Social Security number. The victim believes they’re handing over their information to a trustworthy resource when in reality, they’re giving their information to threat actors.

  • Public-Facing Vulnerabilities: Threat actors scour the internet looking for systems with known vulnerabilities. Then, they exploit them to gain access to the environment.
  • Drive-by downloads: This is when someone navigates to a malicious webpage and unknowingly downloads malicious code to their computer—all just by visiting the webpage.
  • Purchased access: There’s a marketplace for everything these days, and cyberattacks are no exception. The dark web is a treasure trove of hackers for hire and deployable ransomware for download.

RANSOMWARE PREVENTION

  1. Keep your computer updated and patched.
  2. Verify, then trust.
  3. Make sure your connection to a site is secure before submitting any personal information.
  4. Stay up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity education.

RANSOMWARE DETECTION

Prevention is only part of the puzzle. Some attacks are virtually impossible to prevent. It all comes down to fast detection and response times, which will help you combat tomorrow’s threats that may not be detectable today.

The most efficient way to detect ransomware is to leverage the tools in your security stack. Find a vendor who has developed a security stack to detect and respond to ransomware.

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To protect our clients from ransomware, we deploy a suite of cybersecurity tools that are backed by a 24/7 Threat Operations Center that works to protect your assets and evict malicious actors.

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During a ransomware attack, threat actors hold the readable data hostage until the ransom is paid. We deploy a suite of cybersecurity tools backed by a 24/7 Threat Operations Center that works to protect your assets.

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