The FBI recently reported that Ransomware attacks that propagate indiscriminately have 'sharply declined', however losses from Ransomware have increased.
The cause of this is that threat actors have stopped sending out mass mailings with attached ransomware. They have instead turned to targeted attacks. The main areas of interest for ransomware attackers has recently been: health care, industrial, transportation and government.
Attackers have been very successful sending out mass mail campaigns and monetizing malware by encrypting documents and photographs on personal computers. They are now targeting large businesses where payouts can reach millions of dollars instead of the hundreds of dollars that home users are willing to pay for their photos.
Targeted attacks are very dangerous because attackers perform reconnaissance on their targets. Emails are often signed by people that the recipient knows and have a look and feel of authenticity.
The more information you post on your Web site and on social media, the more information that is available for reconnaissance. For example: if your corporate Web site displays the names and email address of your executive staff, this is valuable information that an attacker can use.
Please be extremely suspicious and vigilant, even if an email has a sense of familiarity. When you receive an unexpected or out of context email, call the sender to verify its authenticity. As always, schedule our free, yearly on-site cybersecurity training which is available to your entire staff.
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