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4 Types of Ransomware Every Business Should Know About

December 22, 2016

According to cybersecurity experts, ransomware is the #1 security threat to businesses in the current day. With this in mind, our network security service in Philadelphia would like to take a moment to discuss some of the most common types of ransomware and why organizations of all sizes should be concerned about them: 

  1. KeRanger – This type of ransomware was recently found on a BitTorrent client. While it has not yet become widespread, it is noteworthy in that it is specifically targeted at locking Mac OS X applications.
  2. CTB-Locker – In order to spread this ransomware quickly, the cybercriminals behind CTB-Locker outsource the process of network infiltration to other individuals in exchange for a part of their profit. Thus far, this setup has worked very well for the creators, and they have been able to take great sums of money from their victims.
  3. Locky – Locky has only recently emerged, but it functions in a traditional way – hackers disguise the ransomware as an email that looks like an invoice. When users open the invoice, they are told to enable macros, which in turn allows the ransomware to encrypt files. In order to regain access to the files, users are required to pay a certain amount in ransom.
  4. CryptoWall – You've probably heard of the ransomware strain called CryptoLocker, which was shut down in 2014 after its creators took almost $3 million from users. After it was eradicated, many copycat ransomware strains appeared, including CryptoWall. Much like the original CryptoLocker, CryptoWall uses exploit kits or spam to tap into users' data.

In addition to looking out for these ubiquitous types of ransomware, your business should also put these common malware threats on its radar. By doing so, you and your employees will be better prepared to recognize and thwart attempts to compromise your company's data.

Alura Can Help Guard Your Company Against Ransomware Attacks

Whether your small-to-medium business manages big data, medical records, health care and insurance information or some other type of sensitive data, Alura Business Solutions can help you prevent ransomware attacks from wreaking havoc on your network. For instance, we offer an Umbrella security package that is designed to monitor your system and detect/eliminate threats before they have the chance to affect your network. 

If you're interested in speaking to one of our friendly representatives about what our Philadelphia network security service can do for your company, call 844-558-7200 today! And while you're at it, don't forget to check out last week's post to learn about four major data breaches that occurred in 2016 and how your business can protect itself against similar attacks. We look forward to showing you what makes Alura the network security service Philadelphia businesses have relied on for over a decade!

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