Ransomware Roundup: ‘Philadelphia’ ransomware makes attacking businesses simple


A cybercriminal known as ‘The Rainmaker’ is distributing a software package that makes it easy for anyone to launch ransomware attacks against businesses, according to ZDNet. The Rainmaker is using slick marketing tactics to sell ‘Philadelphia,’ a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) bundle that allows entry-level cybercriminals to launch attacks against victims of their choosing only $400. The Rainmaker is offering wannabe cyber-attackers a lifetime license for the ransomware that includes technical support and regular software updates. The Rainmaker is using promotional videos and screenshots to advertise the malicious code in underground forums.

3 ways to secure your data

Ransomware and other types of cybercrime are on the rise. But there are some simple steps you can take to secure your accounts and protect your data, according to JAXenter. They include:

Secure your devices: Malware is often spread through internet-enabled devices. That’s why it’s important to use security software, including firewall and antivirus solutions. Also, be sure to use a hard-to-guess password that includes at least eight characters, preferably a mixture of symbols, numbers, and uppercase and lowercase. The best passwords do not include personal information that can be found online.

Back up your data: The best way to recover from a ransomware attack is to delete the infected files, remove the virus from your computer and restore your data from backup.

Be cautious about emails and links: Be cautious when clicking on links inside emails and opening email attachments. And never open an email from an unknown sender. Cybercriminals often use email phishing scams to spread ransomware.

The four industries most frequently attacked by ransomware

Everyone is a potential target for a ransomware attack, but cybercriminals are going after some industry segments more than others, according to NTT Security’s Global Threat Intelligence Report. Here’s a look at the findings:

The business and professional services sector is most likely to be targeted by ransomware, accounting for 28% of attacks over the last 12 months.

Government agencies accounted for 19% of ransomware attacks.

Healthcare is a high-profile target for cybercriminals, now accounting for 15% of attacks. This San Antonio-based pediatric healthcare was recently infected with ransomware—but successfully avoided paying the ransom, thanks to a reliable backup.

The retail industry accounted for 15% of ransomware attacks.

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