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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

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

Future Crimes: Inside The Digital Underground and the Battle For Our Connected World

* THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ** Future-proof yourself and your business by reading this book * Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion.Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats - before it's too late.
Author: Marc Goodman
Published by: Transworld Digital | Publication date: 02/24/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 466 pages

Retribution (Dylan Kane #7) (Special Agent Dylan Kane Thrillers)

“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: 08/28/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 326 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

Stop Ransomware: What it is, where it comes from, and how to stop it in its tracks

What will you do if you are infected by ransomware like WannaCry, or Petya? What if you come in one morning, only to find every one of your computers locked and encrypted, demanding a ransom before you can use them, like the infamous WannaCry and Petya attacks.Ransomware is no longer a what if? but a when.This book contains info on what ransomware is, where it and similar infections come from, and the best methods available to you to prevent ransomware infections, and to restore operations should an infection occur.Chapter titles:What is Ransomware?Where Does Ransomware Come From?How Can I Prevent Ransomware?The Last Line of Defence Again RansomwareBacking Up Against Ransomware
Published by: Kogo Ltd | Publication date: 07/24/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 24 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

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: Come difendersi dalla estorsioni digitali (Italian Edition)

La più grande minaccia online per le aziende e i consumatori oggi è il ransomware, una categoria di malware che consiste nel crittografare i file di intere reti aziendali ma anche di singoli computer finché non si paga un riscatto per sbloccarli. Con questo libro pratico scoprirete quanto facilmente il ransomware possa infettare il vostro sistema e quali contromisure potete prendere per fermare l’attacco. Gli esperti di sicurezza Allan Liska e Timothy Gallo spiegano come il successo di questi attacchi abbia generato non solo diverse varianti di ransomware, ma anche una serie di modalità in continuo cambiamento con le quali gli obiettivi vengono colpiti. Imparerete i metodi pratici per rispondere rapidamente a un attacco di ransomware e come proteggere il vostro sistema prima che venga infettato.
Published by: Tecniche Nuove | Publication date: 07/12/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 256 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
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