Monthly Archives: March 2016

ENCRYPTION RANSOMWARE STRIKES AGAIN

The latest victim to be attacked is the city of Plainfield NJ . Ransomware infections which encrypt the data on computers, backup drives, and thumb drives, has barely made the news however the effects have been devastating to those who have been attacked. 

A local electronics chain recently suffered an attack. Even though we recommended they follow the lead of the FBI to pay the ransom they still believed there were steps they could take to recover the encrypted data without paying the criminals. After multiple consultations with the individual at the Electronic Chain we ultimately determined they had failed to recover their data and eventually had to resort to further...

RANSOMWARE – LOCKY BLOCKER

For the last four years, ransomware has evolved into one of the biggest threats to cyber security that I’ve seen in a long time. Names like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and CTBLocker keep average computer users and IT security Jedis alike up at night. For good reason: Ransomware is cunning, effective, and proliferating, and the cyber security industry hasn’t really had an answer for it. But we’ve got one now. Ransomware is easy to understand but hard to beat. It infects the machine, encrypts all files and then demands payment to get the files back. Ransomware works so well that most variants will even remove themselves when the damage is done, knowing you have the choice of either paying the ransomware author to get your files back, or risk losing them forever. The ransomware we see today is so sophisticated...