In an increasingly digital world, cyber threats are everywhere and businesses are often the most vulnerable. Studies show that 30% of SMEs / VSEs go bankrupt 6 months after a successful ransomware attack.
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What is a ransomware cyber threat
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer system and encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible. It is currently the most important cyber threat.
Cybercriminals then demand a ransom, usually in virtual currency like Bitcoin, in exchange for the decryption key to recover the files.
Ransomware can be spread via phishing emails, malicious links, compromised websites or vulnerabilities in software or Windows.
The cybercriminal’s method
The operating process of a ransomware cyber threat generally follows the following steps:
- Ransomware is usually spread via phishing emails, malicious websites or software vulnerabilities.
- Once the malware successfully infects a system, it begins to spread to other computers on the network.
- Once the ransomware is installed on a system, it starts encrypting user files.
- The files are then made inaccessible.
- Once the files are encrypted, the ransomware displays a ransom note to the user, informing them that their files will be permanently deleted if they do not pay the ransom.
- Cybercriminals usually demand payment in cryptocurrency to avoid being traced.
- If the user chooses to pay the ransom, cyber criminals will provide a decryption key to unlock the files.
- However, even if the user pays the ransom, there is no guarantee that the cyber criminals will actually provide the decryption key, or that the files will be recovered without damage.
Ransomware Cyber Threat Protection
Ransomware is a growing threat to businesses as it can cause significant data loss and service disruptions.
Fenritec Drive provides ransomware protection with real-time backup of your documents with Windows sync app.
Fenritec administrators also keep a hidden copy of your data up to 3 months back, allowing you to restore your files in the event of a force majeure incident.
What to do in case of ransomware cyber threat
In case of ransomware, it is important to follow these steps:
Isolate the infected computer:
- Disconnect the infected workstation from the network to prevent the ransomware from spreading to other machines.
Stop the spread:
- If other computers are connected on the same network, it is important to shut them down immediately to prevent further spread of the ransomware.
Not paying the ransom:
- Paying the demanded ransom is strongly discouraged, as it does not guarantee file recovery, may encourage cybercriminals to continue their activities, and may fund further attacks.
Contact the police and ANSSI:
- It is recommended to contact the police and the ANSSI (National Agency for the Security of Information Systems) in the event of a ransomware attack because they have the skills and technical means to analyze and manage this type of situation.
- The police can help identify the perpetrators of the attack and lodge a complaint, while ANSSI can provide technical expertise to help restore data and strengthen the security of the computer system.
Prevent future attacks:
- After cleaning infected machines, it is important to take action to avoid future ransomware attack. This can include training employees on good IT security practices and implementing effective and regularly updated security software.
If you’ve been infected with ransomware, Fenritec can help ensure that your data is restored properly to Drive’s online storage platform.
Fenritec can also ensure that all rights have been properly revoked so that cybercriminals can no longer tamper with your online data.