Detecting ransomware is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. And a well-disguised needle at that.
Once upon a time, spotting a fake email was easier. Amateur hackers would create crude messages littered with typos and broadcast it to millions of email addresses hoping for just a few to get through.
Today’s cybercriminals are much smarter, organized, and go to great lengths to make their phishing emails seem authentic. The attacks are more sophisticated, the targets are more specific, and the potential for damage is much greater.
This type of exploitation has become so successful that criminals are even profiting off each other; selling the building blocks for ransomware (military grade encryption algorithms, phishing tools, and advanced social engineering trickery) and offering ransomware as a service (RaaS) to other would-be hackers.
The premise remains the same: to gain control of a company’s network and/or encrypt its data in exchange for a ransom payment, only now it can be extremely difficult to distinguish between legitimate and counterfeit communications.
Simply clicking on an innocent looking banner ad can activate an automatic download of malware with dire consequences for an entire organization.
This article offers a list of best practices to detect if ransomware has infected a given device, and the steps to take after it is found.