Ransomware Blog Post for AttackIQ

By now, we have realized how lucrative the ransomware business has become for criminals. This is due in part to the success of common ransomware such as Locky or Cryptolocker. It is estimated that Cryptolocker generated 3 million dollars even though only 3 percent of the victims paid the ransom [1]. Not only has this amount triggered the interest of criminals, but it also reveals the magnitude of the problem that is ransomware. When one click has the power to shut down the operations of an organization, it is important to stay protected.

 

Ransomware is a piece of malware designed to block access to a system or the information stored on it until a sum of money is paid. Essentially, instead of stealing your information and selling it to an unknown party for pennies, the ransomware authors are holding your data hostage, forcing the typical person to pay an average of $400 and small businesses $7,500 to get data back [2].

 

With new ransomware strains being discovered every day, it is important to understand the common patterns so you can determine how your current defenses hold up. If you have an understanding of the main patterns of ransomware, when new strains surface, you will have a better chance of minimizing the impact to your organization. Here are ten common patterns we have documented while investigating and researching the techniques of over 250 variants of ransomware:

 

To read more please visit: https://www.attackiq.com/blog/2016/07/07/anatomy-of-a-ransomware-attack/

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