Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Netherlands Warns of Global Ransomware Attacks

As this week’s newsletter reveals, ransomware attacks are impacting businesses of every size in every sector. This malware, which restricts access to a company’s IT infrastructure, is often totally debilitating, resulting in opportunity and productivity costs that accompany the already high price associated with ransomware recovery. 

Now a report from the National Cyber Security Center in the Netherlands is shedding some light on just how expansive this malady really is. The report found that 1,800 companies around the world are currently impacted by ransomware, a staggering number that officials believe underrepresents the real sum, since many ransomware incidents go unreported. 

What’s more, the report found that cybercriminals often rely on a single network intruder to plant the malware. These credentials can cost as much as $20,000 on the Dark Web, but they are readily available, and businesses need to know if their information is available on underground marketplaces to protect their IT from infiltration. Ransomware attacks have proven to be a low-risk, high-reward endeavor for many cybercriminals, which means that these attacks are unlikely to abate any time soon. Instead, SMBs should turn their attention towards maintaining a robust defensive posture capable of ensuring that their company name isn’t added to the growing list of companies impacted by ransomware.


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