Protect Your Business from Ransomware & Cryptolocker
With Sygnvs Integrated Solutions
Are you worried about ransomware or Cryptolocker affecting your business? You should be. Sygnvs offers multiple solutions which protect businesses throughout Louisiana and Mississippi from ransomware, malware and specific threats such as Cryptolocker. Contact us today for a free consultation.
The Evolution of Ransomware & Cryptolocker
Ransomware is nothing new. This form of malware is particularly malicious as it takes hold of your computer and demands payout to return access to the rightful user (AKA, you). Ransomware employs a number of tactics including threats of fines, viruses, and punishment from law enforcement.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing about malware is that it’s become a full-fledged business for many criminals. Among their favorite methods is Cryptolocker. Cryptolocker takes control of your documents, demanding the payment of ransom and setting a timeline for you to pony up.
This type of ransomware has been in existence since the fall of 2013 when it first attacked computers with Microsoft Windows. It typically infects computers through email attachments and locks individual files once activated.
How Cryptolocker Works
Once the files are locked and encrypted, a message appears demanding payment and promising to decrypt the files once the money is received. The brains behind Cryptolocker may also promise to decrypt your files if you pay an additional fee once the deadline is passed. Payments are usually accepted via Bitcoin or pre-paid cash voucher.
Paying up doesn’t guarantee access to your files, however. These criminals are after cash, and once they get it, there’s no promising they’ll be eager to restore what’s rightfully yours.
The United States Department of Justice disrupted the botnet, Gameover ZeUS, which was responsible for spreading CryptoLocker in June 2014. However, the success of Cryptolocker spawned a number of copycats, and the ransomware is still active today.
You can make use of malware removal methods to wipe out Cryptolocker and its clones, but there’s no way to be sure they’ll be effective. Ransomware is growing more common each day, and its tactics are increasingly sophisticated.
If you do find yourself under the attack of Cryptolocker or one of its copycats, think twice before paying the ransom. Doing so only contributes to the success of this disturbing business model and malware trend. You may find paying the ransom only prompts the cybercriminals to request more money.
Best Practices for Ransomware Prevention
Protecting yourself and your organization from ransomware like Cryptolocker begins with prevention strategies. To avoid activating ransomware, follow these best practices:
- Never open an email or download an attachment from an unknown sender.
- Protect your files with encryption and off-site storage with cloud backup.
- Use and regularly update anti-virus and anti-malware protection.
For the best ransomware defense, arm yourself with an IT solutions provider you can count on, SYGNVS Integrated Solutions. We understand the latest trends in malware and the best tactics to prevent them from infecting your data. Contact us today to get started!