What to expect during a Ransomware attack? 

RANSOMWARE, a malicious software, has a MODUS OPERANDI that involves encrypting your precious data and subsequently extorting a ransom for its decryption. here’s how such an attack often progresses. 

RANSOMWARE typically begins by INFILTRATING A TARGET NETWORK and this Infiltration often occurs through various means such as Phishing Emails, Malicious Attachments, or Exploiting Vulnerabilities in software and systems. 

Once inside the network, the attackers aim to escalate their privileges by GAINING ACCESS TO ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNTS AND SENSITIVE PRIVATE DATA. This access allows them to Control and Manipulate the Network more effectively. 

Attackers often make an extensive effort to COPY ALL PRIVATE DATA STORED ON SERVERS AND CLOUD-BASED PLATFORMS. This data can include anything from confidential company documents to personal user information. 

After securing valuable data, the ransomware initiates the ENCRYPTION PROCESS. This involves encoding the data in a way that makes it inaccessible without the decryption key and effectively locking out the rightful owners. 

To further PRESSURE THE VICTIM and limit potential recovery options, the attackers may attempt to DESTROY SERVERS AND BACKUPS. This destruction can make it extremely difficult to restore data without paying a ransom. 

Once the attackers have control over the encrypted data and have disrupted normal operations, they contact the victim and DEMAND A RANSOM in exchange for the decryption key. This ransom demand is often made in Cryptocurrency to maintain anonymity. 

PAYING THE RANSOM is presented as the only way to regain access to your encrypted data. The attackers promise to provide the decryption key upon receiving the payment but there’s no guarantee they will actually do so. 

In some cases, Ransomware Operators may go a step further and threaten to PUBLISH THE STOLEN DATA ONLINE or sell it on the Dark Web. They may demand an additional fee, often referred to as a “DATA SUPPRESSION FEE” to prevent the exposure of sensitive information. 

To protect your data and business from RANSOMWARE it is more important to practice good online safety procedures and train your employees to avoid these attacks. Staying proactive and taking steps to prevent them is the best way to avoid LOSING MONEY, CUSTOMERS and YOUR BUSINESS’S REPUTATION.