Ransomware is happening again, and it is no joke.  This type of virus can, and will, destroy your files, pictures, documents.  This is extremely important, and everyone needs to educate yourself on what this is, how it happens and how to combat it.

A new widespread ransomware attack is spreading like wildfire around Europe and has already affected over 200 major organisations, primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany, in the past few hours.

Dubbed “Bad Rabbit,” is reportedly a new Petya-like targeted ransomware attack against corporate networks, demanding 0.05 bitcoin (~ $285) as ransom from victims to unlock their systems.

First:  Read and watch this.  This is happening now…today.  Please, please at least read the article.  Especially if you own a small to midsized business because this is what they target.  BUT, as an average computer user or consumer, you are not immune.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/24/technology/bad-rabbit-ransomware-attack/index.html

Next, this article from The Evening Sun explains how much of this works and explains how Ransomware and other cyber attacks profit.

http://www.eveningsun.com/story/news/2015/12/31/hanover-area-cyber-crimes/75712294/

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/15/technology/ransomware-wannacry-explainer/index.html

Most ransomware spread through emails, malicious advertisements on websites, and third-party apps and programs.

And always keep a good backup routine in place that makes copies to an external storage device that is not always connected to your PC.  Do a backup and then disconnect it from your computer.  There are also many options for online backups too.
There are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to ransomware.

  1. Do not pay the ransom. It only encourages and funds these attackers. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that you will be able to regain access to your files, it is very unlikely.
  2. Restore any impacted files from a known good backup. Restoration of your files from a backup is the fastest way to regain access to your data.
  3. Do not provide personal information when answering an email, unsolicited phone call, text message or instant message. Phishers will try to trick employees into installing malware, or gain intelligence for attacks by claiming to be from IT. Be sure to contact your IT department if you or your coworkers receive suspicious calls.
  4. Use reputable antivirus software and a firewall. Maintaining a strong firewall and keeping your security software up to date are critical. It’s important to use antivirus software from a reputable company because of all the fake software out there.
  5. For businesses, employ content scanning and filtering on your mail servers. Inbound e-mails should be scanned for known threats and should block any attachment types that could pose a threat.
  6. Do make sure that all systems and software are up-to-date with relevant patches. Exploit kits hosted on compromised websites are commonly used to spread malware. Regular patching of vulnerable software is necessary to help prevent infection.
  7. If traveling, especially if you’re going to be using public wireless Internet. Make sure you use a trustworthy Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing public Wi-Fi like Norton WiFi Privacy.

I’ve tried to offer as much information as I can here.  But please if you have any questions contact us immediately.

http://www.aldanglobal.com or 1-833-SMART10

 

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