Ransomware attacks are on the rise and the bad news it is getting easier to run Ransomware campaigns.
As per all the news reports, CryptoLocker is the best known Ransomware however there has been a string of many others including CryptoWall, TorrentLocker, Simplocker and Koler.
The new ones work in various ways for example, Koler spreads through SMS text messages while CryptoWall uses malvertising but they share one thing, they are both Ransomware.
This are not targeted attacks, they are a wide spread attack so they are considering if you are a corporate user or a home user or even if you are a wealthy person or not. The way they see it is an email address is an email address, simple. The more email and devices they infect, the better their chances at getting money.
Now here is the important part, malware is becoming a business they are automating the entire process including infecting emails and devices as well as issuing the ransom, accepting payment and issuing the decryption key.
These businesses are using many different payment methods including Bitcoin, PayPal, wire transfers, MoneyPak, Ukash, and paysafecard. It security experts have also stated that they will even provide tech support to victims who have paid their ransom but have not been able to recover their information.
So how do you protect yourself from Ransomware attacks?
These are some steps that should be taken to protect yourself from Ransomware attacks. Remember, you should always protect yourself from data loss with regular backups. You should always have an active anti-virus security suite of tools running. Do not open emails if you do not know the person. And finally, browse the internet safely.