Even if you’re not up-to-date on IT and cyber security current affairs, chances are you’ve heard of ransomware. One of the fastest growing cyber threats, it is set to cost businesses more than $1 billion this year.
A Ransomware attack occurs when hackers covertly implant malicious software on a user’s computer system to inhibit access. The program then demands a payment, or ransom, to restore functionality. According to a study by InformationWeek, over 58% of ransomware attacks in the first half of 2016 originated from spam email attachments. Additionally, they are also being spread via phishing and whaling schemes, the latter of which allow hackers to extort massive ransoms out of high-profile managers and CEOs.
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Unintended download of software can result in malicious threats being planted on your computer. Unauthorized software from the internet or legitimate software (ie. Word Documents) containing malware can automatically be installed and easily infect computers with viruses, malware and spyware.
Organizations need a strong security system or firewall to resist these kinds of high-profile attacks. Vircom has the expertise to provide the precise defense you need for malware detection, analysis, filters and automated response to threats, to keep your organization’s data safe.
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A targeted phishing attack, or “spear phishing”, a form of an advanced email threat that is akin to regular phishing in that a victim is sent an electronic communication disguised as coming from a trusted source. Ranging from emails to instant messages to social media, they are specialized social engineering generally containing an embedded link enabling a hacker to access personal, financial or business information.
As opposed to regular phishing attacks, which cast a wide net hoping to ensnare one person in many, targeted phishing attacks are highly researched, specific assaults that often appear to come from someone the victim knows. From graphic design to copy, hackers generally go to extreme lengths to make their attack seem legitimate. These attacks are on the rise and often evade traditional signature-based anti-spam, anti-phishing and anti-virus software.
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Zero-day attacks are specific kinds of holes or vulnerabilities that are found in any software that is mostly undetectable to the vendor. The lack of awareness from the vendor’s side is a huge advantage
These holes, known as exploits, can be like open doors for hackers to enter the software and damage the whole system. Once these vulnerabilities are identified, hackers release zero-day exploits through Internet Relay Chat channels or underground websites. A recent vulnerability detected in the MySQL database that can infect the MySQL configuration files is a good example of a zero-day exploit.
Proper configuration of the software according to the necessities of your organization is vital to keep zero-day threats at bay.
Cryptolocker is a type of ransomware that first appeared in 2013. Like other ransomware programs, it is a malware that inhibits access to a computer system before demanding funds in order to restore functionality. Ransomware experienced a 300% increase in 2016 compared to 2015 and is set to cost businesses more than $1 billion this year.
While ransomware is on the rise, Cryptolocker is missing in action. According to the FBI, a joint effort between federal, international and private organizations helped neutralize the software. However, that has not stopped hackers from copying and improving on Cryptolocker programming.
That said, with rapid growth overall in ransomware infections, protecting your organization against these new security issues makes it imperative to work with cybersecurity experts who know what they’re doing.
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