Archive for the ‘Data Protection’ Category

Definition of Ransomware

Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim’s computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access returned to the victim. The motive for ransomware attacks is nearly always monetary, and unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions on how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as bitcoin so that the cybercriminal’s identity isn’t known. View full article: What is Ransomware by TechTarget

Rackspace Notification and Tips About Phishing Email Attempts

This information was provided to all Rackspace partners though it applies to any email environment. In addition there are some great tips included that again apply to all email environments. “Our team identified emails which were sent to random users on our hosted email environment.  These emails state that the email address has been flagged for suspicious activity and the user is required to click a link to authenticate the account. Please note that these emails are NOT legitimate emails sent by our email hosting service.  If you notice emails that contain suspicious links or attachments, please remind your users…

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Fortinet’s Proactive Protection

MTBW Services, Inc. takes a long hard look at each company we partner with before we ever bring a product through your doors. This recent e-mail from Fortinet is exactly why we STRONGLY recommend the enterprise bundle, which includes FortiSandbox, protection for every Fortinet product we sell. “As you may know, on May 12, hackers launched a global ransomware campaign against tens of thousands of corporate and governmental targets. The ransomware encrypts files on an infected computer and asks the computer’s administrator to pay a ransom in order to regain access. The ransomware attack is apparently spreading through a Microsoft…

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Critical Ransomware Patch: This is not a test.

The IT systems of around 40 NHS organizations across the UK have been affected by a ransomware attack. Non-emergency operations have been suspended and ambulances are being diverted as a result of the attack. Non-health focused organizations around the world are also being affected, including Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica which reported a serious issue affecting its internal network as a result of a cyberattack earlier today. The strain is called “Wanna Decrypt0r” which asks $300 from victims to decrypt their computers. Bleepingcomputer said: “Whoever is behind this ransomware has invested heavy resources into Wana Decrypt0r’s operations. In the few hours…

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Recent Real World Experience: Combating Ransomware Infection Part I Principle of Least Privilege

Just this past weekend MTBW Services was called upon to assist in the recovery from a Ransomware infection. Though never a pleasant way to spend a weekend, from our experience assisting scores of other companies infected with this insidious Malware, we were able to clean and recover the data affected. We have released an extensive checklist regarding protections in the battle against Ransomware – Ransomware Evolutions and Derivatives – but there are a few from this most recent battle that merit reiteration. The Principle of Least Privilege is a critical component in combating the ravages of Ransomware. The Principle of…

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Backup, Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery In A Box

As a continuation of the information we’re disseminating to all our clients regarding protection against the insidious threats we’re all currently confronting, we want to broaden the scope. Certainly the Defense in Depth security posture that we have covered previously is critical, though it is not all that is required to insure your business protection and functionality. Just as a safe driver operates in a defensive manner to avoid collisions, though still obtains insurance for those unforeseen situations, companies require an IT solution to respond to various business interruptions. Whether those outages are caused by Malware such as Ransomware or…

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