Long Island Managed Service Provider, Server Bays, Explains 4 Types of Ransomware Attacks to Beware Of
April 13, 2018 --
PATCHOGUE, N.Y., April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) used by cybercriminals. A ransomware attack takes hold of a victim's private information or files and holds them ransom for a digital currency payout. When the victim refuses to pay, the cybercriminal threatens to either permanently block access to their private information or release it to the public.
To help businesses better understand and prevent ransomware attacks, Server Bays Managed Services Long Island, explains 4 types of attacks to beware of.
1. Leakware or Doxware: In a leakware attack information is stolen from a victim's computer system, the attacker then threatens to release the stolen information rather than block access to it. In leakware attacks, the cybercriminal is dependent on damaging the business or individual's reputation in such a way that they will suffer severe losses.
Leakware attacks frequently target word processing files and email accounts. To protect yourself and your business from cyber-attacks, avoid opening emails from unknown senders, don't click on suspicious looking ads even if they're on a legitimate site, and don't download apps or programs from untrusted sources.
2. Mobile Ransomware: In recent years, the use of mobile devices has grown exponentially so that now, most people accessing the internet do so via their tablets or mobile phones. Given this growth, cybercriminals have turned their attention to mobile users. Typically, mobile ransomware will cloak itself as a legitimate third-party app or a system update which then locks the screen on your device, preventing access until the ransom is paid.
Your managed service provider can point you in the direction of mobile apps and programs that will detect and prevent ransomware attacks. Users can also work to prevent attacks by avoiding downloading third-party apps from unknown developers and consistently updating to the latest versions of plugins.
3. Encrypting Ransomware: Encryption involves altering data so that it is unintelligible to anyone who attempts to access it. This type of attack holds a victim's personal information or files hostage until the ransom is paid. Typically, encrypting ransomware will attack specific files, blocking access and displaying instructions for how to pay the ransom.
Regularly backing up your data to a storage system with multi-step authentication is one way to ensure that you will have continued access to your files, regardless of an attack. Ensure your devices programs and software are constantly up-to-date and avoid downloading files or programs from untrusted sources. Encrypted ransomware is extremely dangerous as once your files are encrypted, there is no guarantee you can get them back- even if you pay the ransom.
4. Non-encrypting Ransomware: Non-encrypting ransomware tends to be more of a frustration than a business-killing attack. This type of cyberattack will block access to a user's files, typically by showing frustrating messages when the victim tries to open them.
To avoid non-encrypting ransomware attacks, regularly backup your files to a safe location and avoid opening emails or downloading anything that is sent from an unknown source.
Remember, when it comes to a cyberattack, you're better safe than sorry. Hire a quality managed service provider to regularly backup your files and monitor consistently for any signs of an attack. Your MSP can provide tips and information about ransomware prevention that will be specific to your needs as a company, and in the unfortunate event of a cyberattack, your MSP can help to reverse the effects.
About Server Bays:
Founded in 2014, Server Bays Suffolk IT Support, is Long Island's fastest growing managed service firm. Server Bays LLC provides companies with cost effective custom technology solutions. To date, they have helped several clients achieve a better return on investment. Founder Ryan Yannelli and Vice President Anthony Milazzo bring energy, enthusiasm, and expertise to IT solutions, and their company has quickly earned a 5-star rating.
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