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New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom

New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom

Information Security, News
New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom Ransomware attackers typically encrypt victims’ data and demand from victims ransom in exchange for the decryption keys. To pressure victims into paying ransom, attackers have added a new tactic: publication of stolen data in the event victims fail to pay ransom. While ransomware attackers in the past threatened victims to leak stolen data online for failing to pay ransom, many don’t follow through. Ransomware victims, as shown in their official statements, often view ransomware attacks not as data breaches – a type of cyber-attack that steals data. Ransomware victims, rather, believe that ransomware attackers can’t access the content itself. This perception that ransomware attackers can’t access the content itself is thrown out of the window as recent ransomware trend…
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Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Information Security
Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks Reports by mainstream media often highlight cyberattacks against large corporations. These reports lead to the belief that cybercriminals target only large companies. The truth is far from this belief. Cost of Cyberattacks on SMEs According to StaySafeOnline.org, a site maintained by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 71% of security breaches target small businesses and nearly half of all small businesses have been victims of cyberattacks. Despite these high number of security breach attempts on small businesses and high number of cyberattack victims, StaySafeOnline.org said that “many SMBs believe they are not vulnerable to cyber attacks because of their small size and limited assets.” Visa Inc. estimated that nearly 95% of the credit-card data breaches it discovered were from its smallest business customers. Data…
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Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector

Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector

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Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector The greatest cyberthreat to your organization’s IT infrastructure is lurking in your email inbox or your employees’ email inboxes. Even as other methods of communication have grown, email continues to see strong use, not just as an interpersonal communication tool, but as a business tool as well. Number of Worldwide Email Users Radicati and Statista estimated that in 2017, the number of worldwide email users reached 3.7 billion – half of the world’s population. This number is set to grow to 4.1 billion users in 2021, according to the 2 organizations. Radicati, in particular, estimated that in 2017, the total number of consumer and business emails received and sent each day reached 269 billion. According to Proofpoint, 91% of targeted cyberattacks start with email.…
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New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom

New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom

Information Security, News
New Ransomware Tactic: Data Publication in Case Victims Don’t Pay Ransom Ransomware attackers typically encrypt victims’ data and demand from victims ransom in exchange for the decryption keys. To pressure victims into paying ransom, attackers have added a new tactic: publication of stolen data in the event victims fail to pay ransom. While ransomware attackers in the past threatened victims to leak stolen data online for failing to pay ransom, many don’t follow through. Ransomware victims, as shown in their official statements, often view ransomware attacks not as data breaches – a type of cyber-attack that steals data. Ransomware victims, rather, believe that ransomware attackers can’t access the content itself. This perception that ransomware attackers can’t access the content itself is thrown out of the window as recent ransomware trend…
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Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks

Information Security
Why SMEs Are Big Targets for Cyberattacks Reports by mainstream media often highlight cyberattacks against large corporations. These reports lead to the belief that cybercriminals target only large companies. The truth is far from this belief. Cost of Cyberattacks on SMEs According to StaySafeOnline.org, a site maintained by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 71% of security breaches target small businesses and nearly half of all small businesses have been victims of cyberattacks. Despite these high number of security breach attempts on small businesses and high number of cyberattack victims, StaySafeOnline.org said that “many SMBs believe they are not vulnerable to cyber attacks because of their small size and limited assets.” Visa Inc. estimated that nearly 95% of the credit-card data breaches it discovered were from its smallest business customers. Data…
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Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector

Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector

Security
Email: Today’s No. 1 Cyberthreat Vector The greatest cyberthreat to your organization’s IT infrastructure is lurking in your email inbox or your employees’ email inboxes. Even as other methods of communication have grown, email continues to see strong use, not just as an interpersonal communication tool, but as a business tool as well. Number of Worldwide Email Users Radicati and Statista estimated that in 2017, the number of worldwide email users reached 3.7 billion – half of the world’s population. This number is set to grow to 4.1 billion users in 2021, according to the 2 organizations. Radicati, in particular, estimated that in 2017, the total number of consumer and business emails received and sent each day reached 269 billion. According to Proofpoint, 91% of targeted cyberattacks start with email.…
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