Ransom: A hacker's way to get paid
With ransomware, hackers have moved from being a nuisance to monetizing their efforts. This new type of malware infects the victim's computer, encrypts all the data and then demands the victim pay a ransom in order to decrypt everything
Ransomware in figures
someone in the world is hit by ransomware
was extorted from ransomware victims in 2016. The threat is growing! In 2015 the total was $50 million.
is the average ransoms payment, but can exceed $10,000
were cribbed during one weekend in May 2017 (more)
"Infection came when the user visited a nail salon website. She initially clicked on a groupon email (which was legit), then from the Goupon ad, she clicked on the link to see the company offering the Groupon. She said she got a grey box that popped up and then she closed it. Nothing else seemed to happen so she just went on with her day."
Infection with one wrong click
Ransomware infects a computer and encrypts all the data on its storage drives while spreading to any other vulnerable computer that are connected. How can a computer become infected?
Cyber criminals use clever social engineering tricks to make you click malicious links or attachments included in a spam email.
With a “drive-by download,” you only need to visit a site or click on a banner to download the malicious software to your computer.
Gamers are targeted through saved-game content and downloadable “extras” that drop the malware on their computer.
Antivirus is not enough
Anti-malware software is essential but there are few things you need to know:
Antivirus software can fail to detect ransomware infections. Cybercriminals frequently design their malicious code to avoid discovery by researching known anti-malware solutions in order to identify weaknesses in the detection technologies or the program architecture.
Most free antivirus software packages still use traditional signature detection methods, which do not protect you against ransomware.
Typical anti-malware solutions can't restore much data - especially big files - and they definitely can't restore data from a backup since the different products don't know how to talk to each other.
Anyone can buy ransomware as a SaaS kit,
so the bad guy doesn’t need to be genius
to take your money
Stopping the ransomware threat is possible.
Acronis True Image Premium is the world's only personal backup with active ransomware protection
Why? Because it features a set of technologies specifically created to identify and combat ransomware threats like WannaCry, protecting all the data on your computer, including documents, photos, videos, passwords, and more. It even secures your Acronis backup files.
Examines files for suspicious characteristics to identify threats before they can strike.
Works automatically and no need any fine tuning to deliver great results.
Integrates with all major anti-malware solutions on the market.
Includes self-protection mechanisms that prevent current and future threats to backup files.
Continuous updates mean you never need to worry about new threats.
Runs efficiently so there is never a system slowdown.
"If you're not taking a proactive approach to ransomware already, now is the time to start. 2017 could be a banner year for attacks, especially given the arrival of the incredibly slick Spora ransomware-as-a-service."
Cybersecurity needs prevention
More steps to avoid infection
Perform regular backups
Creating full-image backups on a regular basis is the ultimate way to mitigate the potential impact of a ransomware attack.
Have an anti-malware solution in place
Anti-malware software (commonly known as antivirus software) provides a valuable defense against malware infections. But choose your software carefully. Remember: Many free antivirus programs don't offer any protection against ransomware.
Keep up with software updates
Do not ignore software update messages - they are there for a reason. Software updates can not only introduce new features. They frequently patch the security holes that are exploited by cyber criminals.
Be careful with email attachments
If you receive an email from someone you don't know - or something you don't expect - don't open it! Confirm the message with the sender and be sure to run it through your anti-virus program.
"Acronis True Image is the only program recognized by the AV-TEST Institute with the certificate „Approved Backup & Data Security Software“ The independent IT Security Institute AV Test review