Ransom Threats

Ransom threats, or ransomware, is a type of malware that will threaten to publish or block access to data owned by your organization by encrypting it, until the victim pays a ransom to pay off the attacker. These are issues plagued by large and small organizations alike, and they can be successful if the correct measures are not in place to deal with them. This will of course come at a cost, but it will be considerably less than if the attacker previously mentioned succeeds in obtaining and ransoming your information. Ransomware became known as cryptoviral extortion in 1996. This was when a virus was sent to the IEEE Security and Privacy conference, and it was used to encrypt the data stored in the recipient’s servers. They would then be sent a prompt to receive the encryption key but only at an expense.

Email protection gateways are often the users first defense against cyber attacks such as these. Many organizations use Intrusion Detection Systems to find ransom threats and report them to the users. 

Phishing is another common method attackers will try to use to obtain information from organizations. It is where people pretend to be official organizations to collect information from you about you or your organization. When this happens it is best to contact law enforcement officials, as is necessary with any other attempts at ransom threats.

One positive aspect to all of this is that there are also ways to restore lost or corrupt data. Each software has its own methods of restoring data, but in the case of iCloud or Google cloud, it is represented as a process in the settings. For this purpose it is very easy to navigate and use, though it may be in good practice to move the data you have collected to a new cloud location. If they got in once, they might try to do it again.