Ransomware: The Signature Malware Threat in 2017

Three major ransomware threats are told in this tale
Ransomware does exactly as its name suggests: It steals your data and demands payment to return it. Although the basic design has remained unchanged for decades, recent versions have improved it with stronger encryption of stolen files and more efficient delivery methods.
WannaCry, for example, exploited a flaw within Microsoft Windows’ Server Message Block (SMB), protocol to jump between internet-connected devices. NotPetya, a similar attack, exploited the same vulnerability. However, it was more difficult to stop due to the lack of an automatic kill switch.
Bad Rabbit ransomware can spread via drive-by downloads from compromised websites. Bad Rabbit stole passwords from infected computers, a feature also found in NotPetya. It then entered the devices via malware hidden in a fake Adobe Flash Player update.
Modern ransomware presents a challenge.
New Horizons Computer Learning Center hosted a webinar on cyber responders. They are kind of like the firefighters of cybersecurity. Cyber responders play an important role in reducing the risk of ransomware and other threats.
Cyber responders can offer unique insights to identify new threats, such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit, even if an automated system might miss them. Cyber responders can also help organizations prepare for future threats.
“A cyber responseer can provide the unique insights necessary to identify a new threat.”
They ultimately increase the value of platforms like Security Information and Event Management solutions (SIEM) and strengthen ransomware defenses. Are you ready for the next step in learning tools like SIEM and understanding modern malware risks?
You can learn more about cybersecurity on ourcybersecuritypage, which includes overviews of many security-related certifications as well as program tracks. Ourwebinars page also contains the complete cyber responder talk as well as many other resources to expand your knowledge.