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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

Ransomware & CryptoVirus: £$£$£$£$£$£$£$£$£$£$£ [Edition 3] (In the Brown Stuff series Book 2)

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: 02/26/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 103 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

Ransomware: Protect Your Network

Ransomware is a plague on the business world. This brief book explains what it is, how to identify it and some precautions you can take to protect your network. It is not meant to be a comprehensive security manual but just the basics on what a business owner or office manager needs to know. Detailed protection planning should then be discussed with the company's IT department or IT provider.
Author: Mike Farlow
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 38 pages

WannaCry Ransomware Attack: Protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware: Cyber Risk and Cyber War

Ransomware is emerged as one of the treacherous cyber attack facing both companies & clients. Major ransomware gangs can handle pushing their malware to an incredible number of computer systems. Users under ransomware hit often discover their priceless data locked with indestructible encryption. The excellence of the ransomware business design has generated a gold-rush mentality among attackers, as growing figures seek to cash in. Infection amounts are trending up-wards, with the number of new ransomware households discovered annually.Attacks against organizations are slowly increasing. While wide-scale, indiscriminate ransomware promotions stay the most common form of threat, new and more complex attacks are growing. Although more complex and time-consuming to execute, an effective targeted strike on a business can potentially infect a large number of computers, causing massive functional disruption and serious harm to earnings and reputation. In this book you will come to know all about Ransomware attack including new treats, preventation measure, new families and the way they enter into the computer. You need to be fully aware of the risk posed by ransomware and make building their defenses a continuing concern. While a multilayered method of security minimizes the opportunity of illness, it’s also vital to educate peoples about ransomware and cause them to become adopt guidelines.
Author: Emi Kalita
Published by: EMI Publication | Publication date: 05/19/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 66 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, 26 pages

Wannacry Ransomware Attack: Learning the Essentials

WannaCry and Ransomware are two versions of malicious software that has some caused problems for many companies in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Taiwan and other countries. This has led to data and PCs locked up and held at ransom. Ransomware Revealed Ransomware was revealed to the public as vulnerability with regards to documents being leaked which is NSA-related. This was used to infect PCs and all its contents encrypted, after which hundreds of thousands of dollars was demanded to decrypt the files.
Publication date: 08/16/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 32 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

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, 41 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
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