Don’t let Ransomware shut your business down!
If there is one characteristic that defines cybercrime today, it is the capacity to evolve and adapt to new environments and the ability to find ways of evading the cybersecurity measures taken by victims. Ransomware is no exception.
Ransomware is a specific and extremely harmful type of malware used by cybercriminals to extort money from individuals, organisations, and businesses. The infections block access to your data until you make a ransom payment, at which point you’re supposed to regain access.
In reality, nearly 40% of the victims who pay the ransom never get their data back and 73% of those that pay are targeted again later – which is why everyone must protect against ransomware.
In the present situation, it is essential that organizations are aware that threats can come in numerous forms and use advanced techniques. It is therefore not a question of designing defense mechanisms for a particular threat, but of having a comprehensive strategy that can analyze all processes run on a system and act before any potential vulnerability is exploited, paralyzing business activity.
Notorious Ransomware Types
Impact: High Status:Active
Dharma evolved out of the CrySis ransomware in 2016 and is mostly distributed as malicious attachments in spam emails, using various tricks like double file extensions or inside installer files for legitimate software packages. More recently, this ransomware strain has also been distributed through exposed RDP servers with weak or leaked passwords. The ransom demand is usually around 1 Bitcoin per infection, with many victims in the SMB and personal sectors. The FBI estimates that all versions together made more than $8 million in profits in 2019. In March 2020, Dharma’s source code was offered for sale on several underground forums, allowing for even more variations to be created.