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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 Ransomware: Understand, prevent, and remediate ransomware attacks

Your one-stop guide to know digital extortion and it's prevention.Key Features
  • A complete guide to how ransomware works
  • Build a security mechanism to prevent digital extortion.
  • A practical approach to knowing about, and responding to, ransomware.
Book DescriptionRansomware has turned out to be the most aggressive malware and has affected numerous organizations in the recent past. The current need is to have a defensive mechanism in place for workstations and servers under one organization.This book starts by explaining the basics of malware, specifically ransomware. The book provides some quick tips on malware analysis and how you can identify different kinds of malware. We will also take a look at different types of ransomware, and how it reaches your system, spreads in your organization, and hijacks your computer. We will then move on to how the ransom is paid and the negative effects of doing so. You will learn how to respond quickly to ransomware attacks and how to protect yourself. The book gives a brief overview of the internals of security software and Windows features that can be helpful in ransomware prevention for administrators. You will also look at practical use cases in each stage of the ransomware phenomenon. The book talks in detail about the latest ransomware attacks involving WannaCry, Petya, and BadRabbit.By the end of this book, you will have end-to-end knowledge of the trending malware in the tech industry at present.What you will learn
  • Understand malware types and malware techniques with examples
  • Obtain a quick malware analysis
  • Understand ransomware techniques, their distribution, and their payment mechanism
  • Case studies of famous ransomware attacks
  • Discover detection technologies for complex malware and ransomware
  • Configure security software to protect against ransomware
  • Handle ransomware infections
Who this book is forThis book is targeted towards security administrator, security analysts, or any stakeholders in the security sector who want to learn about the most trending malware in the current market: ransomware. Table of Contents
  • Malware from Fun to Profit
  • Malware Analysis Fundamentals
  • Ransomware Distribution
  • Ransomware Techniques for Hijacking the System
  • Ransomware Economics
  • Case Study of Famous Ransomware
  • Other Forms of Digital Extortion
  • Ransomware Detection and Prevention
  • Incident Response
  • The Future of Ransomware
  • Published by: Packt Publishing | Publication date: 03/23/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 266 pages

    Dangers of Data Loss & Ransomware: Why You Should Outsource With Next I.T.

    I will never forget when this man walked into my office…a father of three beautiful kids, so distraught so scared walking into my store looking for some information. I wondered why he was so distraught, he was visibally shaken up and I did my best to comfort him. “Did you get a Virus I asked, thinking that I would be able to easily solve this and have him on his way.” “Microsoft called me and told me they needed to login to my computer, I gave them access and then they locked all my files and asked me to pay $3,000 to get them back.” I had heard of ransomware before, but this was more malicious, they only gave him 24 hours to pay and he waited a day to come in. It was to late, he saved all his families pictures and documents on this device. Never backed up, never thought such a thing could happen. He was the first victim of ransomware I had ever met, and from that day one I made it a mission of mine to deliver people from the dangers of data loss and ransomware. I never want to see a Father lose his children’s baby pictures, a family’s precious memories destroyed by scammers seeking to make s few dollars. That is why I have compiled this book, you are never safe on the internet or saving your files, you need to take comprehensive action to beat and defeat cybercriminals, I hope this informational book will show you just how serious this problem has become, and it’s only getting worse.
    Published by: Next IT Solutions | Publication date: 05/22/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 266 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

    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

    Cyber War I: There is money in cybercrime, but cyberwar could get you killed.

    A billionaire casino magnate publicly insults Iran in a college commencement speech.  Iran responds with a costly denial-of-service attack against his casino empire.  What would happen if a very rich, private citizen, launched a counter cyberattack against a foreign power?From Macau to Vegas, from Chinese prostitutes to international flight attendants, Rob Warner finds himself in the middle of the action, and in a position to stop the pending destruction. If he's willing to sacrifice his career, jeopardize his retirement, and put his life in harm's way, then he can lead his team of security analysts and forensics experts to counter-attack and save his country from devolving back to the digital stone age.Cyber War I marries a high-tech thriller with a primer on computer security in this author's debut novel. From his vivid description of the raised floor in a data center, to detailing ransomware and critical infrastructure attacks, Ed interprets this complex world for his readers to help them understand how real this is. His authentic characters display their commitment to protecting technology in a world of bad actors. The attacks are all too real as the technology is disclosed. The potential for the advanced economies of the world to lose everything appears unstoppable in this avalanche of escalating assaults in cyberspace.
    Author: Ed Mahoney
    Published by: Lobo Media Ltd. | Publication date: 03/30/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 342 pages

    (ISC)² CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide

    CISSP Study Guide -  fully updated for the 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide, 8th Edition has been completely updated for the latest 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge. This bestselling Sybex study guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You'll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, real-world examples, advice on passing each section of the exam, access to the Sybex online interactive learning environment, and much more. Reinforce what you've learned with key topic exam essentials and chapter review questions. Along with the book, you also get access to Sybex's superior online interactive learning environment that includes:
    • Four unique 250 question practice exams to help you identify where you need to study more. Get more than 90 percent of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam.
    • More than 650 Electronic Flashcards to reinforce your learning and give you last-minute test prep before the exam
    • A searchable glossary in PDF to give you instant access to the key terms you need to know for the exam
    Coverage of all of the exam topics in the book means you'll be ready for:
    • Security and Risk Management
    • Asset Security
    • Security Engineering
    • Communication and Network Security
    • Identity and Access Management
    • Security Assessment and Testing
    • Security Operations
    • Software Development Security
    Published by: Sybex | Publication date: 04/11/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 1104 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 ]
    Author: MARK OSBORNE
    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
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