Ransomware is devastating to a company because it damages critical data. During an attack, ransomware scans for important files, encrypts them, and destroys backups. This can cripple an organization faster than other malicious applications. In this second part of a blog series about ransomware, we’ll discuss well-known cybercriminals and the harm they do.
IT organizations are making cybercrime too easy. Projects like the National Vulnerability Database and Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) warn about the doorways that hackers use to penetrate infrastructure. Software providers rush to provide patches for their vulnerable products. However, most IT teams don’t patch their systems when they learn about a problem.
Ransomware attackers often follow very similar patterns or sequences when they ransom an organization’s IT infrastructure. Only those who know the attack patterns can effectively protect themselves against them. In this first part of a blog series about ransomware, we’ll explore typical approaches to holding IT operations hostage.