Locky Virus and the Rise of Ransomware
Ransomware is currently a big security threat in the IT world and Encrypting Ransomware in particular is some of the most damaging malware your business can encounter. One of the latest iterations of Encrypting Ransomware doing the rounds currently is Locky.
File encryption malware is currently very popular and can be very profitable for cyber criminals; Locky ransomware is currently a big player in the malware sphere because of this. It not only features some of the most advanced features of Ransomware to date – but has also recently been updated by its creators in response to Antivirus companies countermeasures.
Some tips to help protect you and your business from Locky and other Ransomware:
- Stay vigilant when it comes to email security and do not open suspicious attachments without ensuring they are genuine
- Ensure you have backup procedures in place and follow them vigilantly
- Ensure that your antivirus and other applications are fully updated and patched. This happens automatically for all ITS customers who are under monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly maintenance contracts with us.
- For Microsoft Office users – Disable Microsoft Office macros by default and never enable macros in suspicious email attachments
CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS regarding Ransomware, Locky Virus or any other security issues.
Malware – Software which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system.
Ransomware – A type of Malware designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
Encryption – Encryption is the process of converting data into an unrecognizable or “encrypted” form. It is commonly used to protect sensitive information so that only authorized parties can view it.