Albany, NY has been struck with ransomware. New York’s capital city is the latest ransomware victim in headlines, just weeks after a new strain of ransomware dubbed LockerGoga, crippled Norsk Hydro, one of the worlds largest aluminum manufacturers (not to be confused with Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh, NY).
Ransomware is becoming one of the more common types of malware and its prevalence is growing fast. With sanctions taking their toll on the Iranian economy, Iranian hackers have ramped up their development and deployment of ransomware to make a quick dollar online.
Rather than targeting one high-value organization for a single large payout, ransomware attacks often cast a wide net targeting many lower profile businesses for smaller amounts of money which adds up to a huge payday in the end.
Cyber attacks, and more specifically ransomware attacks, are on the rise. We hear in the news daily of an attack happening on businesses, individuals and government agencies. Today, there is no excuse not to be well aware and prepared for an attack. Prevention is the key.
On Thursday, December 14th, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Twinstate Technologies hosted the webinar “Surviving Ransomware: Don’t Get It in the First Place.” With ransomware predictions for 2018 expected to worsen and ransomware being one of the most sophisticated, effective and frequent attack vectors, everyone must be prepared; 2019 doesn’t look much different.
On Tuesday, October 24th, “Bad Rabbit,” the latest ransomware worm started in Russia and Ukraine spread to the Middle East, Asia, other parts of Europe and the United States. So, what is this new virus spreading like wildfire and how are IT professionals planning on tackling the ransomware?
Large or small, privately owned or corporate, ransomware isn’t picky. This point never became more of a reality for Morrisonville’s Tony Searing, Franchise Owner of Hospitality Recruiters of New York, LLC, than in May 2017. What started out as an average day fulfilling placements and vetting candidates turned into havoc when Tony’s network was hit with ransomware.
When you think of ransomware, you probably think of the people behind these malicious exploits to be basement-dwelling, hoodie-toting, socially-reclusive hackers. Or maybe you think of big bad cybercriminals within an anonymous organized crime network. But the truth of the matter is ransomware is not as elusive and complex as you may have believed. It is one of the most accessible pieces of malware that can be bought and sold as long as you know how to get to it. And getting to it isn’t nearly as difficult as you may have perceived.
On June 20, 2017, Twinstate Technologies’ Alex Insley, Unified Defense Strategies Technical Manager, conducted a webinar with Datto’s Michael DePalma, Security Expert & Channel Development Manager, for a discussion on Ransomware.
The webinar’s focus was on ransomware and how business continuity will save your business from experiencing downtime. For those who are unaware, business continuity is the next generation of backing up your data. Superior to the traditional backup system where if a backup needs to be restored on a compromised system it could take days or weeks, a disaster recovery and business continuity backup aims to have a system up and running in as little as a few minutes.
Ransomware – the new vector of attack that is garnering worldwide attention and causing undue stress on those managing business computing environments. When I started my venture into the tech support role, I remember being thrilled to find different viruses and observe their behaviors. Nowadays, I resent the idea of one making it through our layers of protection and ultimately wreaking havoc on my infrastructure. Gone are the days of annoying and manageable infections; now are the days of disbelief when I see a new destructive ransomware variant on my news feeds.