Ransomware

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Ransomware is the hacking attack where all, or most files in your computer are encrypted, and the attacker will hold the “key” to decrypt your files back to its original initial format.

At this point the attacker will ask for ransom to release the computer system files from its restraints.

Ransomware can be used on your personal computer, servers, and databases.

The protection against ransomware relies on understanding how it initially works, there are software on the market that might help if you are a victim of such attack, for example:

Trend Micro Ransomware File Decryptor  https://success.trendmicro.com/solution/1114221

If you are victim of ransomware, contact the FBI https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/ransomware-on-the-rise and/or the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT)  https://www.us-cert.gov/

Computer and network protection is becoming an extreme necessity in our lives, there are no reason to even doubt this, if you are not attacked personally, your health records can be a target, or your financial private information, making you face the truth the worst way possible.

To protect your systems,  your data, operating system, database, pictures, movies, smart phone … data in general, you must create an emergency plan.

I know this is an easy thing to say if you are an administrator of a small network, but when it comes to a very large multi-location, even international, this becomes a nightmare.

  • An emergency plan should include, backing up every important data, and files that would need to be re inserted into the systems or networks.
  • Protect your doors, the malicious malware needs to “get in” somehow, make it difficult!
  • Set log files, set user rules.
  • Assign a person or a team to protect the integrity of your computer systems, and network, and have simulations to identify any open door.

These are just some minor steps to try to prevent this.

The federal trade commission (FTC) announced its new website dedicated to protect small business.

The resource is to provide help for business owners to avoid scams, and protect their computers and networks, and keep their employees and customer’s data safe.

Federal Trade Commission

“Protecting American’s Consumers”

https://www.ftc.gov/SmallBusiness

 

Resources:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/mmpc/shared/ransomware.aspx

https://success.trendmicro.com/solution/1114221

https://us.norton.com/yoursecurityresource/detail.jsp?aid=rise_in_ransomware

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/ransomware-on-the-rise

https://www.ftc.gov/SmallBusiness

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