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The cybercriminals nowadays reached the new level of maturity and menace and are organized. They are using malware which encrypts files and folders of hacked computer or server. Fearlessly they demand bitcoin as ransom, to release the system under their control and if not paid, would delete ransomed data.

Companies who refused to Pay Ransomware

According to information via Right-to-know request by a local reporter from TribLive, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats paid $703,697 to Microsoft to help rebuild IT systems and infrastructure after the March 2017 ransomware incident. On March 3, 2017, the organizations entire IT systems including web servers went down a the hands of un-revealed ransomware strain. The 28 bitcoins nearly $30,0000 were demanded to decrypt and unlock of ransomed data, which was declined by officials. Finally, they restored the data from backups and rebuilt the entire IT system from scratch.

Few more examples decided to rebuild the entire system instead of paying ransom like Atlanta city computers, the Colorado Department of Transportation which got hit twice by SamSam ransomware in February and March 2018. Similarly done Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo in 2017. The reason behind that was there was no guarantee of recovered data, and also anyway they have to rebuild the systems avoid future headaches. Also, the old systems would get exploited repeatedly until system administrators deploy proper fixes.

Is Ransomware Salient?

In 2017, the volume of Ransomware attacks grew by over 400%, which came drastically down in 2018. Possibly the cybercriminals moved to crypto jacking to mine cryptocurrency. Another reason that they have moved towards massive network-wide breaches by variants such as SamSam, BitPaymer, and Dharma over publicly exposed remote desktop services. That is why the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released a security alert about attacks targeting exposed remote desktop services.

(September 28, 2018) The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, issued a security alert regarding Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Attacks for corporate theft, installation of backdoors, or as a launching point for other attacks.

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(November 19, 2019) Trustwave researchers discovered a malicious email spam campaign with the socially engineered message subject as ‘Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now! Critical Microsoft Windows Update!'
It informs about ‘Critical Windows Update' using a file that purports to be in .jpg format but is a spoofed executable file and installs ‘Cyborg' Ransomware. Windows users mostly keep the system updated, thus the message lure victims into clicking malicious files.


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