September 28, 2016

Ransomware Protection


Ransomware is a type of malware that infects computer systems, restricting users’ access to the infected systems and temporarily or permanently rendering it inaccessible unless a “ransom” is paid within a specific time period.

There are currently 120 strains of ransomware, and some researchers are even reporting a 3,500 percent increase in the criminal use of net infrastructure used to run these nasty pieces of malware.What’s more, in the first quarter of 2016, Kaspersky Lab detected 2,900 new malware modifications, an increase of 14 percent from the previous quarter.  Currently, Locky is the leading ransomware strain and has been detected in 114 countries.


What does ransomware do?

There are different types of ransomware. However, all of them will prevent you from using your PC normally, and they will all ask you to do something before you can use your PC.

They can target any PC users, whether it’s a home computer, endpoints in an enterprise network, or servers used by a government agency or healthcare provider.

Ransomware can:

  • Prevent you from accessing Windows.

  • Encrypt files so you can’t use them.

  • Stop certain apps from running (like your web browser).

Ransomware will demand that you pay money (a “ransom”) to get access to your PC or files. We have also seen them make you complete surveys.

There is no guarantee that paying the fine or doing what the ransomware tells you will give access to your PC or files again.


Granite State Information Security will work with your organization to provide controls to mitigate these attacks.


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