Monday, August 6, 2018

SamSam Ransomware is at $6 Million and Counting...

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The SamSam ransomware is doing a pretty good business in the healthcare sector.  About 75% of victims were in the U.S. and 26% of those happened in the healthcare industry.
 
The big news is that 223 of the victimized organizations paid the ransom.
 
For long time readers of the blog, you know how I feel about IT security.  You simply cannot be too cautious anymore.  There are lots of ways for the bad guys to get into your system and you need to prepare your staff and your network for possible intrusions, including social engineering.
 
According to Healthcare IT News: SamSam is spread through the web, Java apps and other web-based apps. And once it’s in the system, it spreads without malicious emails. While the virus can be stopped if detected before it gets into the system, it’s over once it has breached the network.
 
There is a great report from the cybersecurity firm Sophos regarding this particular piece of malware.  If you are into this kind of info, it’s definitely worth a read.
 
In a nutshell, do everything you can to be prepared for an attack.  The best defense is good reliable backups.  In that regard, check out DDS Rescue.  

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