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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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Cyberextortion and blackmail are hardly new things, but cybercriminals have just about perfected their techniques of extracting money from the masses through the use of ransomware.  Businesses and everyday folk all rely on data that rests on their PCs, mobile devices and web servers more and more each day. Maybe not enough to reliably back it up, but certainly enough to go into a blind panic when criminals encrypt their data and dangle the prospect of a decryption key for a fee. The fear is palpable and pervasive enough for the crooks to make a killing off the practice. 


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Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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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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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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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?

 
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