Ransomware is a kind of malware that attackers use to encrypt a victim’s files and data. The attacker asks for a ransom from the victim to recover their access to their data upon payment. You might know that ransomware attackers use various attack ways, including:
- They might attack you directly
- Through the network
- Through SaaS-based apps
Many people have fallen victim to ransomware attacks, and they will want to fight these attacks. It will help if you try to understand the tactics that attackers use to curb these attacks.
With adequate information on the tactics attackers use, you will be able to pay attention to your security controls, especially areas that will likely be most susceptible to ransomware attacks. Read on to know the three main ransomware tactics you might not know about.
Malicious Email Attachments
Generally, malicious email attachments are well designed to attack a victim’s computer. Attackers can disguise the emails as PDFs, documents, voice mails, and even e-files. You might wonder why an attacker might want to send you this attachment, right? Well, they attach these files to your email so that they get to install malware that can steal your information and destroy your data as well.
Moreover, this malware can enable your attacker to control your computer, gain access to your screen and other network systems. However, since various email systems typically hinder noticeable malicious applications, attackers usually send email attachments to ensure that the email content will sufficiently convince you that it is a legitimate email. To prevent all these, do not download any new attachments except when you know who sent them. It will also prove wise to increase your IT Security.
Malicious Email Links
These links are URLs in the email’s body. You’ll get these emails from some company or someone you believe to be a trustworthy source. Once you click on these malicious links, your computer will download malware over the network. As a result, your computer will get infected, and the attackers will reach and hold your files for ransom.
To avoid this, it will be best if you do not click on any suspicious links on your email and pay attention to the language used. Attackers will likely address you in a generic style. For example, they will address you as Dear Customer.
While most email systems are automated to block malicious programs, attackers cover software known as an exploit inside your commonly emailed documents like the RAR or ZIP files, Microsoft Word documents, and even video and image files. The exploit kits take advantage of your software’s vulnerability and then go ahead and download the intended malware known as a payload to your computer.
Furthermore, your attacker might embed a malicious macro in the emailed document and utilize social engineering to outwit you into clicking the button to enable content. As a result, the macro will spread and infect your computer.
So, to avoid being a victim, you can install an endpoint and server-based antivirus scanner and include email attachment security solutions. Also, it will be best to implement an email gateway with real-time IP scanning that will help recognize suspicious messages and the attacker’s features.
Do not fall victim to a ransomware attack. With the knowledge given above, you will know what to avoid to keep yourself safe. It will be best to do more research on up-to-date tricks and be a step ahead of the attackers. Also, look for ways you can protect your information and data.