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Ransomware: Defending Against Digital Extortion

The biggest online threat to businesses and consumers today is ransomware, a category of malware that can encrypt your computer files until you pay a ransom to unlock them. With this practical book, you’ll learn how easily ransomware infects your system and what steps you can take to stop the attack before it sets foot in the network.Security experts Allan Liska and Timothy Gallo explain how the success of these attacks has spawned not only several variants of ransomware, but also a litany of ever-changing ways they’re delivered to targets. You’ll learn pragmatic methods for responding quickly to a ransomware attack, as well as how to protect yourself from becoming infected in the first place.
  • Learn how ransomware enters your system and encrypts your files
  • Understand why ransomware use has grown, especially in recent years
  • Examine the organizations behind ransomware and the victims they target
  • Learn how wannabe hackers use Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) to launch campaigns
  • Understand how ransom is paid—and the pros and cons of paying
  • Use methods to protect your organization’s workstations and servers
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 11/21/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 190 pages

Preventing Digital Extortion: Mitigate ransomware, DDoS, and other cyberextortion attacks

Learn the art of preventing digital extortion and securing confidential dataAbout This Book
  • Get acquainted with multiple cyber extortion attacks and techniques to mitigate them
  • Learn how DDOS, Crypto Virus, and other cyber extortion techniques can infect your computers, smartphones, servers, and cloud
  • A concise, fast-paced guide that develops your skills in protecting confidential data by leveraging widely used tools
Who This Book Is ForThis book targets IT security managers, IT security engineers, security analysts, and professionals who are eager to avoid digital extortion for themselves or their organizations. They may have heard of such attacks but are not aware of their various types, techniques, and business impact.What You Will Learn
  • Delve into the various types, stages, and economics of digital extortion
  • Understand the science behind different attacks
  • Understand the gravity of and mechanics behind ransomware and prevent and mitigate data breaches and financial losses
  • Use effective tools to defend against ransomware
  • Analyze attacks, the money flow, and cyber insurance processes
  • Learn the art of preventing digital extortion and securing confidential data
  • Get an idea of the future of extortion tactics and how technological advances will affect their development
In DetailMore and more cyber threats keep emerging every day, affecting organizations across the board, targeting the entire spectrum of the Internet. Digital--or cyber--extortion so far has come across as the most serious of such threats as it seeks to profit from criminal activity, akin to blackmail. Such extortion has been rising exponentially in the digital age and has become a huge illegal money-making business, affecting users and organizations ranging from small businesses to large enterprises.This is an insightful study spelling out in detail the ways and means employed by cyber criminals in targeting various devices and the multiple dangers such malicious activity embodies.Here will be found an overview of methods employed to impact and infect computers, smartphones, servers, and the IoT for cyber extortion. Then, it will move on to specific subjects in more detail, covering attacks such as DDoS-based extortion, cryptoviruses, and ransomware. You will learn how to prevent such attacks and eliminate them if you are compromised. This book will help you become a pro at securing your data and preventing your organization from paying a hefty ransom.Style and approachThis step-by-step guide will start with the fundamentals of digital or cyber extortion and the various techniques used by hackers to demand ransom from an organization. It also focuses on types of ransomware and how it can infect your computer, mobile, cloud, server, and IOT. This practical guide will also explain how you can eliminate such attacks by leveraging various open source/commercial tools.Table of Contents
  • Introduction to Cyber Extortion
  • DDoS Extortion
  • Avoiding Data Theft Extortion
  • Mitigating Locker Ransomware
  • Crypto Ransomware Prevention Techniques
  • Exploring Mobile Extortions
  • Follow the Money
  • Held Hostage – What Now?
  • Extortion of the Future
  • Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 05/26/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 360 pages

    Ransomware: Preventing Digital Extortion

    In today’s digital age, hacking into data, encrypting it, and making it inaccessible isbecoming more and more common place. Irrespective of the scale of your business, suchan attack can prove very costly.If you want to save yourself from such cyber extortion, it is important to gain insights intovarious attacks and their impact on your business.This book gives you a brief overview of the process and will also teach you to reduce oreliminate such attacks. It will not only teach you about cyber attacks, but will also equip you to reduce them.
    Publication date: 02/18/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 33 pages

    Preventing Ransomware: Enterprise Malware Defense: 39 Technical and Administrative Best Practices for 2016

    Has your enterprise already been compromised by Ransomware? Ransomware attacks continue to plague enterprises large and small in 2016. Having spent the past two decades consulting and working with large IT and InfoSec groups around the world I developed this guide in order to present a no-nonsense 39 point plan for hardening your process, technology, and yes even people against the dangers of Ransomware. By implementing these controls and procedures you can ensure that your enterprise is well protected against even sophisticated future breach attempts. Because no single control is 100% effective in preventing a cyber attack, this guide also covers process and planning for incident handling and threat intelligence sharing. All necessary components of a thorough and well thought out ransomware and malware preparedness plan for the enterprise.If you are a CISO, Information Security practitioner, enterprise auditor, or other technical professional overwhelmed by all of the same-sounding marketing that barrages your inbox every day you will appreciate this vendor-agnostic guide which attempts to cut through the marketing and provide an organized framework of technical best practices and process improvement items. All together the strategies and practices described in this guide form the building blocks of a complete ransomware or malware preparedness and prevention plan.
    Publication date: 05/08/2016
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages

    Cyber Security 51 Handy Things To Know About Cyber Attacks: From the first Cyber Attack in 1988 to the WannaCry ransomware 2017. Tips and Signs to Protect your hardaware and software

    There are handy tips on how to protect your computer/s and what signs to look out for that your information might be under attack. This is the must have book for individuals and businesses. The Cyber threat landscape is continuously evolving and the motivations behind cyber attacks are changing day by day. Youths are increasingly getting themselves involved in cyber-crimes. All sorts of businesses are under threats from cyber attacks and are unprepared from protecting themselves against such crimes that lead to great stress and financial loses. The process of hacking (that used to be regarded as a coding crime) has drastically changed over the years. In addition to utilizing malware, hackers are increasingly adopting social engineering as a means of exploiting vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is imperative to learn more about the factors, modes, consequences, and lessons reading cyber attacks. The following 51 brief paragraphs will provide a useful overview regarding the major issues about cyber attacks.Point titles are as follows:Characteristics of cyber attacks and the history of The relationship between cyber security and the responsible cyber citizensReason for utilizing internet as a mode of launching attacksEasy availability of hacking tools encouraging cyber-crimesInfinite scope for initiating cyber attacks: Nothing is safe The most hacker-active countries in the world The most well known hacking groups of all time Important things to know about cyber vulnerabilityCommon forms of cyber-crimes with brief descriptionsCategorizing cyber-attackers from multiple perspectivesVarieties of cyber attacks and ways to initiate these Cyber crime scenarios to avoid so as to remain safe Early symptoms of imminent cyber attacks Sure signs a system has been compromised Relatively easy ways utilized by hackers to get access to your data Relatively less cumbersome ways to prevent most attacks Ways to reduce risk to websites Inadequate protection offered by traditional antivirus programsWays to remain vigilant and avoid cyber attacks Malware: Cyber-criminal’s ultimate choice Encryption: Proven way to remain secured Ransomware: A brief history and timelineRansomware classification considering severity and complexity How to protect yourself from ransomware attacks Recommended undertakings amidst ransomware attacks How and why companies pay the ransom Rationale behind ransomware attacks on public institutions Ransomware: A weapon of mass economic destruction Exponential rise in cyber attacks targeting small business enterprisesProactive defense: Understanding the threat landscape Tools employed by hacktivists and means of defending against these Common techniques used by cyber criminals and ways to avoid these How to deal with insider threat to limit cyber-crime How to limit sate and corporate sponsored attacks Use of social engineering as a mode of initiating cyber attacks Types of threats where human behavior is a causeWays of neutralizing the human factor in cyber attacks Components of contemporary hacking operations Best operating system for cyber criminals Methods of tracing the hackers behind cyber attacks Security measures before cyber attacks: Prevention Security measures during cyber attacks: Incident management Security measure after cyber attacks: Consequence management Online freedom versus fear when cyber security is in question Likelihood of a widespread smart grid attack and potential catastrophe associated with this International efforts to contain cyber attacks Role of punishment in reducing cyber-crime Law enforcement proved insufficient in tackling cyber-crimes Prerequisites of a top-notch threat intelligence Future of cyber-crime and cyber security National capacity building to combat cyber crime
    Published by: R.J.T Lion Publishing | Publication date: 05/24/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 40 pages

    Ransomware - The Essentials - Be Ready

    Why this book is for you. Computer Ransomware has been in the news, WannaCry, Petya and others. This is a Malware that easily infects your computer, then encrypts your files to make them unusable, until you pay a ransom. The files cannot be unencrypted without the key, which you must pay for. Computer Security advisors acknowledge these types of attacks are here to stay since it is exceptionally lucrative to the cyber thieves. So it’s not if, but when, this will happen to you or someone you know.I know the defenses from a Ransomware attack, and still my computer was infected, and the files were rendered useless. What did I do? I used the exact techniques in this book and had my computer running within half an hour, without paying the ransom. What would you do tomorrow morning if your computer displayed the message “All your files are encrypted, send $300 to get them back, don’t bother trying to decrypt them, you can’t”?What’s in this book? If the files on your computer are important to you then you should be concerned about a Ransomware or Malware attack. If this is your business computer then your company could quickly be out of business. This book provides not only the techniques for the best defense but also shows the exact steps to getting your Windows 10 computer running again - without paying the ransom. I have been through this already, let me show you how.What you’ll learn from this book What is RansomWare?Who locked up my computer?How did my computer get infected?5 Places That Can Lure You Into an InfectionTools to Detect an Encryption in ProgressHow do I protect myself from a Ransomware attack?How to Keep Your Defenses UpIs my Windows PC protected from Wannacry?Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?The Downside of Keeping Your System Up to DateHave a Plan B to Recover from RansomwareHow to Protect Your Personal FilesMy Computer is Held Hostage How Does Plan B Fix It?If you have Amazon Prime you can start now for free, so get reading you have nothing to lose.
    Author: Liam Renn
    Publication date: 12/19/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 64 pages

    7 Steps to Safely Trading Cryptocurrency on the Internet: Protect your compute devices from zero-day malware, viruses, trojans, ransomware, and other malicious code and more! (CRYPTO+ Book 4)

    Protect your compute devices from zero-day malware, viruses, trojans, ransomware, and other malicious code | Enhance your home network security | Combat hackers with defense in-depth strategies used by fortune and global 500 companies
    Author: D V 1
    Publication date: 01/28/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 64 pages

    Online and Under Attack: What Every Business Needs To Do Now To Manage Cyber Risk and Win Its Cyber War

    Online threats have drawn every business into a cyber war with hackers. The unfortunate reality for every CEO is that a cyber attack can cost them their job, or worse, lead to the downfall of an entire company. This book aims to arm corporate leaders with the weapons to fight back. The reader will be equipped with the tools to create and implement a comprehensive cyber risk management program. The multi-faceted approach provides a unique perspective from both the hacker and the victim's lens. This book provides key insights into the latest hacking techniques, technology defense, privacy law, government initiatives, insurance risk transfer products , best practices in data breach response and predictions into the future of the "Internet of Things".
    Publication date: 05/16/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 194 pages

    Ransomware Attack: A Guide to Basic Protection from Malware and Ransomware Attacks for Employers and Employees (Ransomware and Malware - Malicious Software Protection)

    'A Simple Read that can Save your Business'.Ransomware AttackA Guide to Basic Protection from Malware and Ransomware Attacks for Employers and Employees.Stop Ransomware in its Tracks.Don’t become a victim of foolishness.A crash course in basic protection against ransomware for employers and employees.Ransomware is the #1 security concern for businesses. Attack frequency is at an all-time high and so are the demands. There have been more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occurring every day since the beginning of 2016. This is a 300% increase over 2015, in which 1,000 ransomware attacks were seen per day and only about 25% of ransomware attacks were even being reported. Between the months of January and September 2016, ransomware attacks on businesses increased from once every two minutes to once every forty seconds - Datex CorporationA Copy of this Publication should be Owned, and Read, by every Employee of your Company............
    Publication date: 08/12/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 53 pages

    How to protect yourself from WannaCry ransomware : what you need to know to keep yourself as safe as possible

    The attack is due to a kind of ransomware called Wanna Decryptor, also known as WannaCrypt, WanaCrypt0r, and WannaCry.When a system has been infected with WannaCrypt, the malware encrypts everything it can.How to protect yourself from WannaCry ransomware ...What you need to know to keep yourself as safe as possible ...
    Publication date: 05/17/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 20 pages
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