A few months back I wrote a blog called, Don’t Get Caught by a Ransomware Gang. The blog warned that ransomware gangs are loading malware onto computers. Back then the threat was in the form of unwanted encryption of your data that would make it unusable to you. The perpetrators would not release the data unless you paid the ransom. In most cases even when the ransom is paid the data is not unencrypted.
Now there is a new threat. The ransomware thugs are simply stealing passwords and holding access for ransom. Don’t be a victim. The best defense is to make sure your computers and servers are up-to-date on software patching. Anti-virus software, spam filtering and scanning of e-mail content is also a good additional defense. The best defense is a multi-layered and multi-disciplined endeavor. Make sure you consult with your technology expert to be properly prepared.