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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, 268 pages

    Ransomware (Killchain Chronicles Book 1)

    A single mother is forced to revive her Blackhat Hacker persona when the mob kidnaps her son in this thrilling debut novel that blends reality and the Darkweb.Haley Ramos left the world of hacking to protect her son. But when she goes back to her old tricks to shut down a human trafficking ring, she’s drawn into the very situation she most feared: her son’s life in exchange for a ransom only she can produce. Even for her, stealing the digital crown jewels to some of the most powerful and high profile organizations in the world is likely to put her behind bars, or worse, in the grave.Racing against time and through cyberspace, Haley is backed into the darkest corners of the internet to meet the kidnapper’s demands. She’ll stop at nothing to get her son back, even if it means working with her ex-husband again. But nothing is certain on the Darkweb, and Haley must decide what, and who, she is willing to sacrifice to hold her baby again.
    Publication date: 08/31/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 269 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

    ‘Cyber Security 51 Handy Things To Know About Cyber Attacks’ contains handy tips on how to protect your computer/s and data and refers to what signs to look out for that indicate your information could be under attack and what action you must take to protect your computer/s, data, including your intellectual property. This is the must have book for individuals and businesses no matter the size of your company. The Cyber threat landscape is continuously evolving and the motivations behind cyber-attacks continue to evolve. Youngsters are increasingly becoming involved in cyber-crimes. All sorts of businesses are under the threat of being cyber attacked. Moreover, they are unprepared and do not know how to protect their computers and data against such crimes. The result of a cyber-attack can lead to great stress and/or financial losses. The process of hacking (that used to be regarded as a coding crime) has drastically changed over recent years. In addition to utilizing malware, hackers are increasingly adopting social engineering as a means of exploiting vulnerabilities. Therefore, it’s imperative to learn more about the factors, modes, consequences, and lessons regarding cyber-attacks. The following 51 brief paragraphs serves to provide a useful overview regarding the major issues pertaining to 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 Cybercrime 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 defence: 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 behaviour 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-crimeETC ETC
    Published by: R.J.T Lion Publishing | Publication date: 05/24/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 40 pages

    The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

    “A prescient and important book. . . . Fascinating.”—The New York Review of Books No single invention of the last half century has changed the way we live now as much as the Internet. Alexander Klimburg was a member of the generation for whom it was a utopian ideal turned reality: a place where ideas, information, and knowledge could be shared and new freedoms found and enjoyed. Two decades later, the future isn’t so bright any more: increasingly, the Internet is used as a weapon and a means of domination by states eager to exploit or curtail global connectivity in order to further their national interests.   Klimburg is a leading voice in the conversation on the implications of this dangerous shift, and in The Darkening Web, he explains why we underestimate the consequences of states’ ambitions to project power in cyberspace at our peril: Not only have hacking and cyber operations fundamentally changed the nature of political conflict—ensnaring states in a struggle to maintain a precarious peace that could rapidly collapse into all-out war—but the rise of covert influencing and information warfare has enabled these same global powers to create and disseminate their own distorted versions of reality in which anything is possible. At stake are not only our personal data or the electrical grid, but the Internet as we know it today—and with it the very existence of open and democratic societies.   Blending anecdote with argument, Klimburg brings us face-to-face with the range of threats the struggle for cyberspace presents, from an apocalyptic scenario of debilitated civilian infrastructure to a 1984-like erosion of privacy and freedom of expression. Focusing on different approaches to cyber-conflict in the US, Russia and China, he reveals the extent to which the battle for control of the Internet is as complex and perilous as the one surrounding nuclear weapons during the Cold War—and quite possibly as dangerous for humanity as a whole. Authoritative, thought-provoking, and compellingly argued, The Darkening Web makes clear that the debate about the different aspirations for cyberspace is nothing short of a war over our global values.
    Published by: Penguin Books | Publication date: 07/11/2017
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 431 pages

    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: 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

    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: 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

    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
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