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10 Shocking New Facts About Ransomware

Ransomware has taken over the cybercriminal world in the last few years and there's no end in sight.
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 Malvertising Fuels Ransomware

While phishing remains a huge delivery vehicle of ransomware, last year malvertising gained steam as a popular technique for ransomware distribution. The year was studded with news releases (examples here, here and here) from various security research outlets of ever new malvertising campaigns that typically led to victims getting owned by malware exploit kits that then dropped malware onto infected systems. 

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Malvertising Fuels Ransomware

While phishing remains a huge delivery vehicle of ransomware, last year malvertising gained steam as a popular technique for ransomware distribution. The year was studded with news releases (examples here, here and here) from various security research outlets of ever new malvertising campaigns that typically led to victims getting owned by malware exploit kits that then dropped malware onto infected systems.

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alphaa10
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alphaa10,
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6/2/2016 | 6:48:43 AM
Social Media and BYOD
A threat like ransomware was inevitable, given the vulnerability of sites where social media features drive the site and all-device access left risk management next to impossible.

Now, we enter a period of medieval warfare, in which all sites must be fortified and security made their primary mission.

The only way forward is to rebuild foundations, planning-- this time-- for the worst.


* Note to editor-- the multi-window format of this article makes unacceptable demands on memory. Why not automatically close the previous page view when a new link is opened? Can you speak to the site coders about that?

 
Aroper-VEC
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Aroper-VEC,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/11/2016 | 9:14:20 AM
Re: Good article -- But what to do about it
Defending against ransomware is no different than any other malware defense initiative. Educating end-users is paramount along with instituting a least user access model, up-to-date AV (or even better an executable whitelisting program or policy), patching systems, restricting access to non-business necessary websites, blocking advertising sites and links, using DNS services like OpenDNS, email scanning and quarantining, and backups, backups, backups.
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mhklein,
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2/10/2016 | 10:34:43 PM
Good article -- But what to do about it
This article about Ransomware is very good, but I was disappointed that it did not comment on protecting oneself from these threats.  Backing up data is one good way of defeating ransomware, but are there others?  Also, I'm sure law enforcement must be working hard at cracking this sort of crime.  What are they doing?  Have they had any success?
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