The Biggest and Most Recent Ransomware Attacks: How Can You Protect Your Business?

The Biggest and Most Recent Ransomware Attacks: How Can You Protect Your Business?

Right now, ransomware attacks are some of the scariest cyberthreats around. 

These attacks take place when a hacker uses the malware to hold your computer system hostage, demanding money in exchange for regaining access. 

There were about 184 million ransomware attacks in recent years. 

Some of these threats are more potent than others, so it's definitely important to stay in the loop. 

Read on to learn about the most dangerous recent ransomware attacks, so you can get the cybersecurity protection you need. 

1. Cryptowall

First things first, never, ever, pay a ransomware ransom. It's always best to immediately seek the help of IT experts instead. 

That's definitely easier said than done, as references by the fact that the Cryptowall ransomware attack has fleeced more than $18 million from people over the past few years. 

With this attack, your computer is infected with a Trojan malware that takes control of and encrypts every file on your system. 

2. LeakerLocker

This app takes things up a notch when it comes to playing on your fears. The ransomware works by extracting personal and private information that you store on your system. It then threatens to expose this information to every single person on your list of contacts. 

It is an aggressive malware that is successful due to the severity of the threat. 

3. BadRabbit

This particular threat reignited the popularity of ransomware attacks in recent years. 

BadRabbit is a piece of ransomware that gets you to infect yourself with the software. This ransomware is posted on compromised sites as a link to download Adobe Flash. 

Instead, you end up downloading and running a .exe file that encrypts your system and demands money. What's worse is that this threat comes with a clock that makes the prices of the ransom go up for as long as you don't send payment. 

4. WannaCry

This is a ransomware attack that targets Windows users specifically. 

The attack demands that you send a specific amount a Bitcoin, and provides instructions for doing so. When this attack hit the web it created widespread pandemonium, infecting close to a quarter-million computer systems throughout the world. 

Getting a handle on cybersecurity for your business allows you to protect your bottom line. Being aware of these common instances of ransomware will help you accordingly. 

Protect Yourself From These Recent Ransomware Attacks

These recent ransomware attacks have been problematic for a lot of people. You can't afford to deal with these sorts of issues in your business or on personal devices. 

One of the best things that you can do to protect yourself from these attacks is to have the help of an IT professional. When you have IT assistance, you will have safeguards in place to make sure that these attacks never happen, in addition to a speedy response to them if they do occur. 

With this in mind, we've helped several clients deal with these ransomware attacks and other cyber threats. We'd be glad to assist you as well. 

Let us help you — get in touch with us online or call us at (832) 900-4244 today.