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How To Defend Against Ransomware

August 24th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware has evolved into a highly advanced, highly complex threat – and it’s only going to evolve further. With that in mind, how can you minimize your risk of being affected by ransomware? The answer is that you need to make it as hard as possible...

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Encryption Free Attacks

August 19th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware has now come full circle. The ability to encrypt files was one of the core capabilities needed to make ransomware a viable cyber crime. However, cyber criminals no longer need to encrypt your files to hold you hostage. Why? Because they’ll...

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Service Provider Attacks

August 12th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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The second area where we expect to see growth in ransomware is service provider attacks. As technology and threats become ever more complex, companies are increasingly outsourcing their IT to specialist managed service providers (MSPs). These MSPs manage...

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Public Cloud Ransomware

August 7th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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What’s next for ransomware? First on the list is public cloud ransomware, by which we mean ransomware that targets and encrypts data stored in public cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure (Azure), and Google Cloud Platform...

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Ransomware Evolved: Ryuk

August 2nd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ryuk is arguably the most evolved form of ransomware around today, named after a character in the manga series Death Note. The actors behind Ryuk typically target organizations that cannot withstand any downtime, such as newspapers, municipalities,and...

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Playing Cat & Mouse

July 28th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Once ransomware became mainstream, the cyber criminals focused their efforts on refining and enhancing their attacks in order to increase revenue. This included: Branding Savvy cyber criminals realized that people would only pay...

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Exploiting Opportunities

July 23rd, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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The AIDS Information Trojan attack did have one hallmark of success: it took advantage of a wider environmental opportunity, namely the widespread concern around HIV/AIDS at that time. Since then, cyber criminals have continued to take advantage of developments...

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Evolution of Ransomware

July 17th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Ransomware is not new. In fact, the first cyber ransomware attack was released in December of 1989. Dr. Joseph V. Popp mailed out 20,000 floppy disks infected with the AIDS Information Trojan. The program purported to be an expert system to advise you...

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Understanding Ransomware

July 12th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Thirty years on from the world’s first cyber ransomware attack, cyber criminals continue holding organizations hostage, maliciously encrypting their file and demanding hefty ransoms for the safe return of the data. Indeed, while headlines come and go,...

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The Real Cost of Cyber Crime

June 17th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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What Happens If Your Computer Systems Are Hacked with Ransomware? I think I’m covered by my insurance policy for that…(pause)…you scramble and try to find your policy documentation. It’s here somewhere. I’m sure I’m covered…I mean, I think we’re covered....

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A New Approach to Healthcare Cyber Security

June 7th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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A New Approach to an Old Problem Resistance to yet another government regulation, a lack of understanding the complexities of the rules, and an overall unwillingness to take on yet another area of expertise in an ever-changing technical landscape can...

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Cyber Security - Out, Cyber Defense - In

April 15th, 2020 by Ethos Technologies

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Security and defense are often words that are used interchangeably. So let’s start by defining each. Security: the state of being free from danger or threat Defense: the action of defending from or resisting attack The key difference, ACTION. ...

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