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What To Look For When It Comes To Ransomware

By : Elliot Dacosta / 22 November, 2017 /

Hackers are getting smarter...are you?

The number of data breaches and incidents of hacking is on the rise, there is no two ways about it. We are now seeing RaaS, ransomware as a service, as amateurs are are looking to capitalise in this new trend but worryingly, the large scale attacks with almost military precesion are on the rise too. We only have to turn to the recent revelation of Uber's cover up of their ransomware attack last year as evidence of this, however as I am sure you are well aware, this is just one of a number of key reveltations this year. Just last month we had the Bad Rabbit Attack, then earlier in the year we had the WannaCry attack and the Petya Attack in Eastern Europe. What's even more troubling is the fact that it is predicted that the numner and scale of the attacks in 2018 is going to be even worse!

So what should you be looking for?

Well it should come as no surprise that the most common ransomware attacks stem from scammers mass emailing thousands of people asking for sensitive information. Classically this has been hackers asking for bank details which of course leads to fraudulent activity on your account leaving you out of pocket, however people have become a little wiser to these kind of attacks. Instead, the increasingly common tactic being used by hackers is through them prompting their targets to click unsecure links which either takes the user to another site or opens an attachment that automatically downloads the malware on to their machine. Once this is done, the users computer becomes powerless and renders them completely incapacitated and at the mercy of the hacker. It is at this point that the hackers will request money on the promise of returning access to the machine or network they are now in possession of, but there is of course no guarantee that they will do this.

These attacks are becoming more frequent and harder to detect which means they are often getting past even the most observant users, which is what is leading to more widespread attacks. In fact, it is predicted that damage costs resulting from cyber-attacks are likely to hit $6 trillion annually by 2020.  This is because the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, it’s data and for this reason ransomware should be at the forefront of your mind. You should be looking at how to best equip yourself against the very real threat it poses or risk your business being brought to its knees.

So what can you do?

To help you in your battle against ransomware we have put together a few pointers which are all based on the goverment's recommendations - after all the most useful aid in the battle against ransomware is education! Check them out with a click on the below:

5 Handy Tips To Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

Furthermore, for a limited time, we are offering a FREE security audit for businesses in order to help them identify where their weaknesses are and help them better protect themselves against a future attack. To find out more, just hit the link below:

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Tags: Cyber Threats, cybercrime, Cybercrime And Countermeasures, cybersecurity, Network & Data Security, Phishing, Phishing Attacks, ransomware, hackers

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