FBI Released Public Announcement About Ransomware Threat

The FBI released a new public announcement about the ongoing ransomware threat. They stated that the attacks are becoming more targeted and with losses increasingly more damaging.

HOW DOES RANSOMWARE INFECT ITS VICTIMS?

The new public message lists the common infection vectors; namely, email phishing campaigns, Remote Desktop Protocol vulnerabilities and software vulnerabilities.

IF MY SYSTEM IS INFECTED, SHOULD I PAY THE RANSOM? SHOULD I CONTACT THE FBI?

You should avoid paying the ransom at all costs. This also emboldens the criminals to target other organizations and attempt to hold them for ransom as well. Remember just because you paid the ransom does not guarantee they will give you your data back.

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST RANSOMWARE?

The FBI Stated the following: “As ransomware techniques and malware continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, even the most robust prevention controls are no guarantee against exploitation. This makes contingency and remediation planning crucial to business recovery and continuity. Those plans should be tested regularly to ensure the integrity of sensitive data in the event of a compromise.”

Leave a Reply