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: 11/21/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 190 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: 05/08/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages
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.
Publication date: 12/19/2017Kindle 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: 05/16/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 194 pages
This book examines Ransomware and CryptoVirus - How it works, Why normal antivirus software fails to stop them and what you can do about it.It covers:•A time line of CryptoVirus malware•The KillChain of a CryptoVirus attack and the key characteristics of the malware(functional analysis)•Detailed static analysis of an actual attack with fully annotated and decoded Trojan downloaders•A static analysis of a typical CryptoVirus malware – the encrypting exe•A review of why traditional AV failed - including empirical analysis of signature production times compared with release times of new variants•A detailed description and worked examples of Ghost-writing to evade signature detection, heuristic detection bypass and signatures detection•Strategies to be used to defend against them – include incident process, detection scripts, IoCs, Access-protection rules, MS-office settings and resilient build configurations•A brief overview of commercial NextGen protection systems •What’s new in ransomwareIt is a short book of 100 pages to keep the cost down to a couple of (bucks$) quid(£). The money goes to charity.It is a short book because it has a pinpoint focuses on ransomware and CryptoVirus. Being small and focused, It is not intended to replace the comprehensive Malware Bibles (although I do reference them) which are used to train malware analysts.Most CryptoVirus infections are delivered by macro Trojan downloaders. So any analysis requires some examination of macros and scripts. Similarly, like any book on malware, there are some excerpts of assembler code. These are all exceptionally heavily annotated and explained. In fact, this technical content was extensively tested in several workshops for junior first responders and was very well received. This book was an attempt at spreading the knowledge to a wider audience.So although the book has been designed for a wide audience within IT - It does require a basic knowledge (or at least a willingness to learn) very basic elements of scripting, and server administration. We all have our specialties and if these are not yours - this book (or malware analysis in general) is probably not for you.[Third Edition - 30/04/2017 ]
Publication date: 02/26/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 103 pages
Critical Infrastructure Information Security systems are failing under persistent adversarial efforts because too many organizations still depend on antiquated legacy systems, un-cyber-hygienic personnel, and devices that lack security-by-design. The Frankensteined architectonic IoT microcosm of the prototypical critical infrastructure organization renders an infinite attack surface just begging to be exploited. Security is an afterthought, minimally implemented at the end of the development lifecycle, with the last dregs of the budget, in order to meet negligent check-box compulsory requirements. Meanwhile, adversaries are ever-evolving and always just one system away. We exist in an age of the “weaponization of everything”. This is not merely a cyberwar, we are now in a state of cyber-kinetic-meta war. There was no clear beginning and there will be no end. The pervasiveness of the Internet-of-Things, the ubiquity of artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, and the emergence of the machine-human convergence, where users are perpetually interconnected with vulnerable systems, only compounds the hyper-evolving attack surface. Data is turned against users in an information war where nation states and special interest groups use sold and stolen metadata from meta-hording internet service providers and social media companies to psycho-socio-economically manipulate entire populations. Dragnet surveillance capitalists such as Facebook, Comcast, AT&T and Google, unfortunately, supply these manipulating adversaries with an endless supply of metadata for this information war against the American and European public. Metadata and electronic health records may prove far more powerful and more damning than the data stolen in prolific breaches like OPM. These data enabled the precision targeting of specific or niche user subsets, such as critical infrastructure owners and operators. Metadata is leveraged to psychographically compel targets to respond to malicious lures. Real news mixed with fake news, propaganda, watering-hole attacks, SQL injections, spear phishing emails, social engineering campaigns, and other vectors, are all real threats to national security. Executives adhering to minimalistic check-box frameworks or lobbying to minimize long-overdue cybersecurity reformation, are practicing little more than security-theater. Stringent cybersecurity and cyber-hygiene reform is essential to ensure national security and to safeguard democracy. I see the impossible work being done by of my friends at the federal agencies, the Pentagon, NATO, Five Eyes and the intelligence community. They recognize the threat surrounding each and every Information system. Warfare no longer takes place solely on the battlefield. Battles are fought along multiple vectors, through numerous campaigns, in the physical, digital, and cultural theaters. It is time for the Information Security community to discard the shadow of ineffectiveness and ineptitude cast by the horde of capitalistic faux experts. The public and private sector need Information security professionals capable of analyzing the hyper-evolving threat landscape, identifying emerging threats, mitigating risks, and remediating incidents in near-real time using bleeding-edge defense-grade systems such as artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions instead of outdated perimeter and check-box systems.
Publication date: 07/19/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 262 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: 05/24/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 40 pages
“Dylan Kane leaves James Bond in his dust!”USA TODAY and BARNES & NOBLE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR • “A MASTER STORYTELLER” • OVER 800,000 BOOKS SOLD • OVER 3,000 FIVE STAR REVIEWSA CRIPPLING CYBERATTACK.A HEART-WRENCHING LOSS.WILL ONE MAN’S THIRST FOR REVENGE LEAD TO WAR?Two years ago, cyber security specialist Clayton Hummel unknowingly betrayed his country for love, and today, billionaire Franklin Temple pays the price. Blinded by grief and rage, and dissatisfied with his government’s response, Temple uses his considerable wealth to take matters into his own hands, and bring justice to those responsible for the greatest cyberattack in history.And his thirst for revenge may just lead us to war.Join CIA Special Agent Dylan Kane and his team, as they race a grieving father to find those responsible for a ransomware attack that crippled millions of computers around the world, including those in one town, in one hospital, where one young, innocent patient died as a result.From USA Today bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy comes another torn from the headlines thriller, Retribution, where he once again takes current events and twists them to his own end, delivering a taut action-packed page-turner certain to leave you wondering who to cheer for. Packed with heartache and pain, hope and romance, and enough thrilling action and laughter to satisfy any fan of the genre, Retribution delivers like only Kennedy can.Reserve your copy now, and be among the first to read what might be tomorrow’s headlines!WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DYLAN KANE SERIES“The action sequences are particularly well-written and exciting, without being overblown.”“I love how the author explains what's needed but doesn't just ramble on in narrative.”“The events in this adventure are so real and so heart pounding you can't put it down. Mr. Kennedy is by far my favorite writer.”“Don’t mess with Kane, he takes no prisoners, especially when you target his friends.”“This is one of the best stories I have ever read. The action and plot is believable and exciting and of course the climax is nail biting stuff. This author sure knows his stuff - if not, he does a great job of convincing his reader that he does!”“Fast paced international spy thriller with good old American values among its main characters. I'd like to think we really do have agents like Kane.”
Publication date: 08/28/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Protect Yourself from Ransomwares: A Highly Informative Safety Guide From Ransomwares and Advanced Malwares.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that threatens to leak the victim's Personal/Confidential data or block access to it unless a ransom is paid.In This Book I have mentioned the following:-1.Introduction to Ransomware2.What a Ransomware is in Actual 3.How Ransomware Affects its Victims4.Why Ransomware Infect People 5.How a Ransomware Spreads 6.Top 3 Recent Ransomware 7.How to stop/Avoid getting infected from Ransomware8.Safety Measures and Backup’s 9.What happens if we get infected.With These Safety Measures and Information defeat any Ransomware Attack and Protect Your Important Office/Personal Data from getting attacked.And Remain Safe and Stay Safe.
Publication date: 09/24/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 14 pages
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
- 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
Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 05/26/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 360 pages