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“For organizations that don’t have the will or resources to invest in ransomware defenses now, every day is a gamble that they won’t pay for it later.

Access Denied !!! No one likes it …..everyone needs access to something or everything but Access is given to those who have created or to them who have hacked the creator. Today we will see about Ransomware.

BECOMING A VICTIM

While extorting internet users for money isn’t a new business model, criminals these days are getting more skilled and ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent. Before you panic and contemplate swapping your email account with a flock of messenger pigeons, continue reading and see how you can protect yourself.

WHAT IS IT?

Ransomware is a type of malware that locks your computer and prevents you from accessing your data until you pay a given sum of money to get the decryption key required to regain access to your files.

There are different ways in which ransomware can make your life difficult. It can either lock your computer screen or encrypt certain files. In the first case, a notification is shown on your system’s screen, preventing you from using it, while with so-called data kidnapping, the malware prevents access to your most important files.

Your attackers will kindly provide you with instructions on how to stop the attack and get your files back — but only if you pay a relatively big sum of money, usually between 300 and 500 USD in either one of the cryptocurrencies or in form of iTunes or Amazon gift cards (less common). Sometimes the attack is backed up by a threat of increasing the sum or deleting files after a certain amount of time. And even though the stats show that some people transfer the required sum, paying the ransom does not guarantee that you will get access to your digital assets

STATS

This is the average ransom stats that has been increased in years

Ransomware has been a prominent threat to enterprises, SMBs, and individuals alike since the mid-2000s. In 2017, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 1,783 ransomware complaints that cost victims over $2.3 million. Those complaints, however, represent only the attacks reported to IC3. The actual number of ransomware attacks and costs are much higher. In fact, there were an estimated 184 million ransomware attacks last year alone. Ransomware was originally intended to target individuals, who still comprise the majority of attacks today

SECURING THE ASSET

Ransomware is spread through attachments in emails, visiting compromised websites, using infected software and infected external storage devices. The first advice you’ll hear regarding ransomware is “Don’t pay the ransom!” You might get your files back, but there’s also a (very possible) scenario of not getting them back or the attacker demanding more money

The most surefire way is to avoid the attack altogether is:

  1. Keep your antivirus and security software, operating system and other software updated for the best and latest protection from new ransomware threats

A Story

This will guide you about one of the biggest ransomware attack ..The WannaCry Ransomware

Back up your files and sleep sound tonight!