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Ransomware Disguised as Invoice Email

Posted by Angel Martinez on Sep 21, 2018 1:53:47 PM

Email has become one of the most common ways for ransomware to make its way into your system.

Hackers are constantly trying to trick us into giving them access to sensitive information, and invoice phishing scams are growing in popularity. For example, the PyLocky ransomware delivered via email regarding invoicing. Some of the more sophisticated scams deliver a phishing email, and then use social engineering via phone call to obtain more information.

With this rise in the frequency of ransomware attacks, it is more important than ever to be well informed on how to combat it.

In this post we will look at how you can recognize ransomware that is disguised as an invoice email.

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Topics: Ransomware, IT Security, Cybersecurity, Phishing

Ransomware: Protecting Your Business Against the Threats You Can’t See

Posted by Angel Martinez on Apr 16, 2018 2:49:13 PM

Ransomware may pose the biggest cybersecurity threat to your business in 2018. Here’s how to protect your data - and your liquid assets - from getting nabbed for a ransom. 

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Topics: Ransomware

Reported Ransomware Attack on the City of Atlanta, GA

Posted by Angel Martinez on Apr 6, 2018 2:26:52 PM

On March 22, 2018 the City of Atlanta reported a ransomware attack—SAMSAM—from hackers requesting $51,000. Ransomware is a malware attack that prohibits access to computer files that can take down an entire company infrastructure and prevent access to important files and systems. For example, six days after the City of Atlanta attack police and municipal court employees are having to fill out paperwork by hand on paper, residents are unable to pay water bills and parking tickets online too.

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Topics: Ransomware

The Costs Of Ransomware Are Rising

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Jul 12, 2017 2:57:00 PM

A single style of cybercrime cost businesses $1 billion in 2016, and that loss could more than triple in 2017 thanks to fluctuating currency exchange rates. What’s the culprit?

Ransomware. It’s far more effective and expensive than the old Trojan horses and viruses used by hackers in days gone by.

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Topics: Ransomware

A Closer Look at Veeam Backup and Replication

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Apr 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Since organizations are overwhelmingly using virtual machines (VMs) as opposed to bare metal servers, having a solution to backup and replicate your data is essential.

Veeam Backup and Replication is the industry's leading hypervisor disaster recovery tool.

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Topics: Ransomware, Safety & Security

Examining The Impact Of Next Gen Ransomware

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Dec 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the biggest emerging threats for businesses is ransomware. In 2015, research analysts found that ransomware has netted over $300M in profits for the cyber gangs affiliated with these attacks. Motivated by these profits, network security experts predict that the next generation of ransomware could cause significant problems for businesses and consumers alike.

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Topics: Ransomware, IT News & Updates

7 Best Practices for Preventing Ransomware on Your Network

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With the growing popularity of ransomware cyber attacks, we thought we'd spend the next few weeks covering the topic so you can better understand what ransomware attacks are, who's behind them, how to protect against them, and what to do if you become a victim of such an attack. This is post 6 of 6.

Ransomware attacks have generated hundreds of millions in profits for cyber criminals. Ransomware has emerged as one of the top threats for businesses as an infection can potentially put your entire organization in disaster recovery mode.

How can you keep your organization protected from these malicious attacks? In this guide, we will examine some of the best practices involved with preventing ransomware on your network.

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Topics: Safety & Security, Ransomware, IT News & Updates, Best Practices

Who's Behind the Recent String of High Profile Ransomware Attacks?

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Jul 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With the growing popularity of ransomware cyber attacks, we thought we'd spend the next few weeks covering the topic so you can better understand what ransomware attacks are, who's behind them, how to protect against them, and what to do if you become a victim of such an attack. This is post 5 of 6.

Ransomware has emerged as one of the top cyber security threats of 2016. If your business is hit with a ransomware infection, the consequences could prove to be devastating.

Did you know that ransomware has made international headlines for bringing critical infrastructure to a grinding halt? In early 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hit with a ransomware infection that demanded a payment of $17,000 in order to regain access to the hospital's files.

Another notable high profile ransomware attack targeted the police force in Tewksbury, MA. The Tewksbury Town Crier reports that the local police department was forced to pay the ransom in order to regain access to their systems.

While every CIO fears a ransomware attack on their network, one major question still looms: Who is responsible for the sudden influx of ransomware infections in the past 18 months, and why are these malicious actors intent on causing chaos?

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Topics: Safety & Security, Ransomware, IT News & Updates

8 High Profile Ransomware Attacks You May Not Have Heard Of

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Jul 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

With the growing popularity of ransomware cyber attacks, we thought we'd spend the next few weeks covering the topic so you can better understand what ransomware attacks are, who's behind them, how to protect against them, and what to do if you become a victim of such an attack. This is post 4 of 6.

Organizations of all sizes must deal with the reality that their enterprise could be at risk for a ransomware attack. Police stations, hospitals, and even local governments have become victims of ransomware attacks. Many of these attacks have made international headlines causing the FBI to issue a special report.

Let's dig deeper into some of the high profile ransomware attacks that you may not have heard about.

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Topics: Safety & Security, Ransomware, IT News & Updates

Ransomware Highlights the Importance of a Solid Backup Infrastructure

Posted by Gregory Wolf on Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With the growing popularity of ransomware cyber attacks, we thought we'd spend the next few weeks covering the topic so you can better understand what ransomware attacks are, who's behind them, how to protect against them, and what to do if you become a victim of such an attack. This is post 3 of 6.

In every disaster recovery scenario, the future of your enterprise hinges upon the reliability of your data backup infrastructure. How can you be certain that your enterprise can recover from a disaster recovery scenario?

A ransomware infection can potentially lead to a full-fledged disaster recovery operation. In some instances, you could equate a widespread ransomware infection to a complete and total loss of your infrastructure.

Now more than ever, enterprises are challenged with backing up their data rapidly and without interruptions to normal business processes. In addition, it is imperative to have a backup of your data if you wish to mitigate the impact of a ransomware infection.

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Topics: Safety & Security, Ransomware, IT News & Updates