Did You Know?



Reply
explanoit
Posts: 842
Topics: 58
Kudos: 492
Ideas: 51
Registered: ‎01-11-2013

Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

[ Edited ]

Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014


My (explanoit's) take:

In a post to Microsoft's Security Blog on December 11th, Microsoft makes it clear it thinks ransomware is a big deal. It's on a list of 8 major predictions their top security employees have for the coming year 2014. Cryptolocker has already shown the incredible danger this threat poses to users and businesses in one of the most interesting developments of 2013. Ransomware has always had a place, but the implementation of well architectured cryptography and Bitcoin as a minimally traceable way to extract funds makes ignoring it now impossible.

 

Personally, I have heard from PC repair shop and IT support businesses saying they have had many customers devastated by Cryptolocker. In addition, someone I have spoken who work closely with large corporations and the government regarding cybercrime says that officials are serious about this surging class of threat.

 

Combining resurgent ransomware and the abandonment of fixing Windows XP security bugs makes for a very dangerous environment for anyone left behind. Do not be that person. If you are not running at least Windows Vista you are in danger come August 2014.

 

Full Article

----------------------------------------
Business Products Sr. Community Leader and Expert Advisor - WSA-Enterprise and WSAWSS administrator of 1400+ computers
First company to 1000+ WSA endpoints | Power User / Business Ambassador / WSA-C and WSA-E Beta tester
Community LeaderCommunity Leader
Find me on Twitter!

Please use plain text.
cohbraz
Posts: 646
Registered: ‎08-06-2012

Re: Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

I believe it. Especially around the holidays with so many people ordering stuff online. One email version of Cryptoplocker pretends to be an invoice from Amazon.com or some other large retailer, with the invoice enclosed of an order that is supposedly about to be dispatched.

 

Of course, the "invoice" is an .exe file. You know the rest!

___________________________________________________________
Corey B.
Protected by Webroot


Please use plain text.
Frequent Voice
BlazeTen
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎11-05-2013

Re: Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

Great information .....and sadly many many many will ignore!  I did not know Bitcoin had involvment, but I know now.  Correct me if I am wrong;  I just last week read from another forum that Microsoft would suspend support for XP in April 2014 and he (a community leader)  said to be specific.....08 April 2014. So, I will be waiting to get our response and thank you for all the great posts.  I feel educated when I find one of your in-depth posts.

Please use plain text.
Frequent Voice
GTR707
Posts: 159
Registered: ‎11-19-2013

Re: Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

We have implemented group policy restrictions. Takes care of it all. Also using OpenDNS provides great protection. HitmanPro.Alert now with CryptoGaurd is great along with CrytoPrevent.

 

http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert

 

http://www.fooli**bleep**.com/vb6-projects/cryptoprevent/

 

 

But the best defense is to have ALL you data backed up onto an external HDD or the cloud. Shadow Explorer can get your files back once encypted but its time consuming. 

Please use plain text.
Moderator
Rakanisheu
Posts: 693
Registered: ‎03-13-2013

Re: Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

Shadow Copy cant recover the files if the VSS has been disabled by the infection (which most of the new variants do).  Pretty much all the variants of Crypto will change local versions of files which are then uploaded to the cloud backups so that isnt the best way to keep yourself safe either. 

Please use plain text.
Frequent Voice
GTR707
Posts: 159
Registered: ‎11-19-2013

Re: Microsoft's prediction: Ransomware like Cryptolocker will hit harder in 2014

[ Edited ]

I am not worried about my local cloud files. I can still go into my Google Drive via the web and get everything back. But that is also why I backup to my external HDD twice a week. Google drive files are encrypted. Here is a great tutorial featuring Shadow Explorer. 

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/cryptolocker-ransomware-information

 

Using something like HitmanPro.Alert or CryptoPrevent is a great means of hardening your system for FREE. 

Please use plain text.