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Ransomware Clusters: Protect Yourself and Prevent Attacks

Ransomware groups continue to take advantage of vulnerabilities to infect and extort their victims. It is important that individuals and businesses are aware of these vulnerabilities and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from infection.

By knowing what to look for, we can help minimize the chances of falling victim to cybercriminals, ransomware attacks, and all their effects.

In this article, we will discuss how to protect yourself against ransomware group attacks, the dangers of not being prepared, and what to do to protect yourself.

Groups specializing in malware distribution

Ransomware groups are organized criminal gangs that specialize in distributing different types of malware

They often take advantage of old vulnerabilities to infect their victims. This is because many people and companies do not keep their software up to date, leaving it vulnerable to attack.

According to the analysis of ransomware attacks recorded between January and March 2022 by cybersecurity researchers at Digital ShadowsLock Bit 2.0 and Conti were the two most active ransomware gangs during the three-month reporting period, accounting for 58% of all incidents.

Ransomware gangs usually infect a computer using social engineering techniques, such as sending malicious e-mails that contain infected attachments or links.

Once a victim opens the attachment or clicks on the link, the ransomware runs and encrypts the computer’s data. After encrypting the data, the gangs usually demand a ransom in virtual currency to decrypt it.

In addition, ransomware gangs can also infect a computer using exploits and unknown vulnerabilities, also known as Zero-Day attacks.

This is done by exploiting a flaw in the computer’s software that has not yet been fixed by the manufacturer. By doing so, ransomware gangs can gain complete access to the organization’s computer and networks.

Once ransomware has access to a network, it can spread to other computers connected to the network and encrypt the data on all computers.

This makes it even more difficult for an organization to recover its data, as they need to pay ransoms for all infected computers.

Ransomware groups have made their operations professional

As ransomware groups are becoming more professional with their attacks, it is important that individuals and businesses take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. One way to do this is to know what to look for to identify a possible ransomware attack.

Some of the most common vulnerabilities that ransomware groups are exploiting include old exploits in established products such as operating systems and productivity tools.

By keeping them up to date, we can help mitigate the risk of being infected by ransomware.

As ransomware operations have become more complex, they require an increasing range of specialized skills to be executed successfully.

For example, some ransomware groups are recruiting IT professionals to help encrypt their victims’ systems and ensure that the attack is successful.

The groups are increasingly specializing in certain industries to ensure that the victims are willing to pay the ransom.

For example, some ransomware groups are focused on attacking hospitals because they know that these organizations cannot stop functioning and need their systems to operate.

This means it is crucial that companies identify the types of ransomware that are being targeted and take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

In addition, it is important that companies keep a backup of their data so that they can restore their systems if they are infected by ransomware.

Finally, it is also a good idea to educate yourself and others about the dangers of ransomware. By doing so, we can help decrease the chances of being a victim of an attack.

 

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How to protect yourself from ransomware groups

There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from ransomware groups.

  • First of all, make sure that you have up-to-date security software installed on your computer and that it is running the latest patches;
  • The second step is to be aware of the types of ransomware that exist and the methods they use to infect their victims. This will help you identify an attack if it happens;
  • Third, make sure you have a backup of your data in case you get infected. This way you can restore your systems without having to pay the ransom.

Also, be very careful what files you download and open, especially if they are from unknown or untrusted sources.

If you suspect that you have been infected with ransomware, do not attempt to pay the ransom, as this only encourages the attackers and may not result in the release of your files.

Instead, contact a professional malware removal service or your local authorities for assistance.

By following these simple steps, you can help keep yourself protected against ransomware groups.

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