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The WannaCry ransomware spread quickly last week and has infected over 200,000 users in 150 different countries.  Like most ransomware, once infected, WannaCry will encrypt a user’s files and demand payment to unlock them.  What is strange, however, is how quickly WannaCry has spread from system to system. Most ransomware relies on social engineering tricks to get users to infect themselves with the malware.  Campaigns usually spread through phishing emails …

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Proactive defenses and employee education are the best ways to protect against ransomware, however, accidents happen and sometimes malware sneaks through even the best defenses.  We’ve discussed ransomware disasters in the past but you may wonder how things would turn out with proactive solution in place.  Quite recently, our technicians remediated just such an occurrence. About two weeks ago our support team received a call from a client who had …

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The purpose of ransomware is to devastate and it becomes more popular with each successful attack.  Ransomware has evolved beyond random attacks on gullible victims and has grown into a full-fledged business of profiteering.  The modern cybercriminal who perpetrates ransomware attacks is smug, efficient and entrepreneurial. Ransomware used to be straightforward; threaten or trick a victim into paying a fee and then disappear before the user realized that they weren’t …

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Never before have computer users been subjected to a threat as disruptive and dangerous as modern ransomware.  Where older viruses and malware disrupted data, ransomware holds it prisoner.  Extortion is the new agenda and it’s carried out on a massive scale.  Ransomware has emerged as the most destructive and difficult category of malware to deal with, of our time. There are two common types of ransomware in circulation today; crypto …

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