The Datto Blog’s Biggest Ransomware Headlines Of 2016

July 08, 2016

The Datto Blog’s Biggest Ransomware Headlines Of 2016

By Chris Brunau

As we approach the midpoint of 2016, it’s a good time to take a look at the top ransomware stories that have popped up over the past six months:

  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom: This February attack is still amongst the highest we have seen all year. The malware prevented hospital staff from accessing data on infected servers, but hospital records were not ultimately compromised.
  • MedStar Health hit with ransomware: A ransom demand was not disclosed in this case, however the hospital was forced to turn away patients while it regained access to encrypted files.
  • Hackers demanded multiple payments in an attack on Kansas Heart Hospital: While hospitals being hit with ransomware is anything but new at this point, this was a particularly unique scenario. After the hospital paid the initial ransom, the hackers refused to encrypt the data and demanded additional payments.
  • ZCryptor: the self propagating ransomware emerged: Ransomware is scary enough as it is. Now, there are strains with worm-like behavior that can replicate from one drive to another.
  • University of Calgary was hit with $16,000 ransomware attack: The university was forced to pay a staggering amount to regain access to their files in early June. While no sensitive information was compromised, the university was still deeply affected by the attack.
  • Crysis Ransomware hits the scene: Among the latest of the ransomware threats, Crysis is slowly making a move to the top of the food chain. While it is still considered low key on the scale of ransomware threats, Crysis can exfiltrate data and credentials, can spread through email, and can be disguised as an installer. Oh yea, did we mention it can infect PC and Mac?

While it may look like a pretty gloomy 2016, it isn’t all bad. With a few quick tips, you can be in better hands and protect your sensitive data. With a proper business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution and an up-to-date and robust antivirus software, you can prevent data loss from ransomware..

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