Ransomware -What You Need To Know
We are compiling a new post regarding details of a VERY NASTY little piece of Malware / Virus / Ransomware called Locky Ransomware. We first alerted everyone of this malicious program on March 11, 2016 which you can still read on our Blog about a new ransomware that’s causing all sorts of problems.
What you need to know is that Locky is a Ransomware, which infects your computer(s) and network. By encrypting your data so that you cannot access it without first having to pay the cybercriminals a ransom to unlock the data.
So who is doing this? Well, it’s believed to be a ring of cyber criminals that are from Russia and Eastern Europe. These criminals have been so effective that Forbes reported Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was effectively shut down due to having its data encrypted. In the hospital agreed to pay the criminals about $17,000.00 in bitcoin to regain the data. (Read the Forbes article here).
How do I get Ransomware
How is Locky Ransomware delivered? Good Question the victim receives a targeted spam email that appears to be from a co-worker, friends, or family members. The email has an attachment that is a .docx or Word attachment. When the user clicks on the attachment it starts the process. For more information regarding the way Locky affects your computer please see Malwarebytes blog article.
Recently a client who was affected by Locky Ransomware reported that received an email from a supervisor, with an attached invoice. When they opened the invoice it started the process of allowing the Malware to make changes on the PC to encrypt the files and spread across the network to other PCs and the server. Luckily this client was spared having to pay the ransom because Slick Cyber Systems, had configured a backup and disaster recovery solution to ensure the data was recoverable.
So you ask what you can do to protect yourself. Well, some of the same things we tell our clients all the time. First, don’t open suspicious emails. When you even have a little doubt. Call the person sending the email and ask if they sent a link, document or another potentially malicious email. If they did not, immediately delete the email.
So what else can you do? Ensure that your computer(s) and network are fully protected with appropriate anti-malware, antivirus software that constantly scanning for these problems. Malwarebytes is one of the key components that we use to protect PC’s and networks, they are soon to release a piece of software designed to deal with the threat of Ransomware and stop Locky from affecting your PC and the user community. Be sure your network has state of the art protection to deal with the ever-evolving threats cybercriminals are putting out there. Slick Cyber Systems is an authorized reseller and partner for Malwarebytes call 570-371-5800 for more information or go to our website at www.slickcybersystems.com