If you get an email claiming to be from Microsoft about a Windows update, don't open it. Security researchers from Trustwave's SpiderLabs have discovered a new malicious campaign which spoofs urgent update emails from Microsoft to infect user's systems with the Cyborg ransomware. Learn more in this article.
Ransomware Year in Review 2016
As we have been doing all year with our notices regarding the scourge of Ransomware, industry giants Symantec and Kaspersky have released their latest statistics on the state of this Malware. I would like to pass along that the plight of Ransomware has been mitigated, but as you will see below just the opposite is true.
Kaspersky reported that ransomware attacks on businesses increased three-fold: which represents a change from an attack every 2 minutes in January to one every 40 seconds by October. For individuals, the rate of increase went from every 20 seconds to every 10 seconds.
With more than 62 new families of ransomware introduced during the year, the threat grew so aggressively that Kaspersky Lab has named ransomware its key topic for 2016.
According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day since Jan 1, 2016, a 300-percent increase over 2015, which saw an average 1,000 attacks per day, according to the ISTR.
These reports certainly reinforce what we have been seeing in the “trenches” without any discernment based on size or industry. It is imperative that protection and recovery solutions be deployed pro-actively to combat the insidious nature of Ransomware.
Please contact MTBW Services about assisting you with the pro-active defenses and recovery options you can deploy to protect your firm.